Saturday, 30 July 2016

40m 4 SQ now 40m 2 el....

I went old school.... had some spare 50ohm line. Once got one 40m GP up added a second and the phased one (added length to feeder) and fed both at same time so sort of directional. I can remove the 'reflector', undo a bit of coax. Far from ideal but it is for contest, on an island with nothing but what I brought so no time now... Works was qrp with 35dB SNR into EU last night which is good enough.
The CAT5... yukk was some copper coated steel rubbish... the 60m voltage drop was so bad I junked it.
Internet as jumped on the garbage boat at 5am.... but returning now...

Friday, 29 July 2016

MK1KTA QRV in about 6 hours

On way to islands qrv in about 6 hours.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Light weight!

I cannot believe I have 360m of feeder for the antennas... and 64 sets of radials for the 80m and 40 4 sq. Who ever said QRP DXped/contesting was light weight.

Monday, 25 July 2016

E5 2017

Ok will be going, E51KTA I can confirm that now.

BERU 2017 (Middle w/e in March) w/e so that means during contest BERU ONLY I will ignore everyone else, outside will also be looking at WARC bands.

From start I will seek out qrp ops (I know the calls) and IOTA hunters looking for a new one before I qso with anyone else.

I'll confirm exact dates in time as suspect couple days before hand and the week after.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Antenna amendment & SDR

Will be

80m GP
40m 4 Square
20m GP
15m VDA
10m VDA

Dual KX3 and SDRPlay RX

And might test out a homebrew noise cancelling project on 80m, using diversity active antenna.

Hope the sacrifice of the FT817ND to the gods of propagation and land fill was enough.

I WILL have a 6m quad loop for outside the contest to activate QRA IN69/EU-011 if wanted... please let me know if you are interested. I will not have internet on the island so zero idea if anything E happens.... blame some bod on St Mary's they killed the internet signal to the island.