3Y0Z: 20M and “Cross Quarter Days”

This morning I am hearing ON4UN very well on 20M on the Short Path, which is a polar path on 20M: The polar path to ON4UN grazes a weak auroral oval 3Y0Z is no where near the polar path that VK0EK was for the West Coast. But great news for any parts of the world where 3Y0Z is a polar path – you should…

3Y0Z: Upper Band Issue for the West Coast . . .

The predictions that 20M would be great at 0100z on 20M is not panning out. The band has closed already. VOACAP Online Prediction = starts at 23 or 24z K6TU predicts 2300z, so maybe I just missed the band being open. That is consistent with our northern hemisphere winter. This weekend I will have the late afternoon time to check. I’m going to guess…

3Y0Z and 17M – I’ll be Competitive There!

I didn’t see much on 15M just now – but 17M is humming, and LU’s are strong and give some indication of the band just before our sunset. The West Coast will have a very strong “pipeline” to 3Y0Z. The opening on 17M will be pretty short, but very strong. Having almost 3 dB gain and 1.2KW should do the trick. I am sure…

3Y0Z and the “Solar Rotation”

I had heard different numbers when it comes down to how long a solar rotation takes. This is because it depends on your latitude. I’m in the Northern Hemisphere and so the rotation for me is 26 or 27 days. This is important because 3Y0Z could be on the air by January 25 or so – if things go as planned. This means that…

Two Elements and 3Y0Z

I said two ELEMENTS, not ELEPHANTS! One thing I never have been able to do is compare a 40M half wave dipole against my phased vertical array – until yesterday and today. The definitive test is ZS6CCY, Bill – who is the “short path beacon” into the SF Bay Area every night. His signal and operating time is so consistent that I am able…

My Post 3Y0Z Antenna Farm: Two Dipoles?

New antenna layout – post 3Y0Z Right now I have an Inverted L for 160 and 80, and phased vertical array for 40 and a 2 element home brewed yagi for 20M. I’m putting up an Extended Double Zepp for 17M up 60′. Its a great antenna on several bands, and can be turned into a T Marconi top hatted vertical with this simple…

3Y0Z to the West Coast on 17 and 15M

There is no doubt that you better have your antenna game on on all bands from 160 – 20M if you are on the West Coast and if you need Bouvet – 3Y0Z. In the above I plot a 66′ ladder line fed doublet up 50′ vs. my Inverted L. At first glance, the Doublet (which happens to be an extended double zepp (edz)…