Its 40M Antenna Test Time!

With the cancellation of 3Y0Z, I went out back and took down my two temporary antennas that I had up for Bouvet – the 2 element 20M yagi and the 40M doublet – which is a 17M EDZ. This morning I swapped the MFJ-1886 with the NEW Wellbrook ALA1530LNP. Tomorrow I will also re-arrange my station a bit. I will be using the Elecraft…

3G9A on 20M with a Coronal Disturbance

I worked 3G9A at 2330z 3:30 PST), and as you can see, they are in sunlight still: They were very easy to work, and while the Falklands is no big deal from my QTH, I am at least watching 20M to see when it is open and when it closes. They were only S7 at best, but Q5, even with some crackly static sounding…

3Y0Z Prediction

The CQ WW CW Contest has had about the worst conditions that I have seen in years. One thing I have done now for many months is call ZS6CCY who has been on my night time short path – as the best propagation predictor. Last night was the worst 40M conditions I have seen – but Bill was 59 and I was 55 and…

Offa Rex

This is an amazing and “hauntingly beautifully” album. We had a fantastic bike ride today – 35 miles, which is just enough for me to be considered “serious”. All along the ride I was hearing this album – with several songs taking their place in my mind as I looked at stunning fall colors of yellow, gold, red, orange, crimson, rust and anything else…

This Weekend is 20M Weekend

I have a really nice home brewed 2 element 20M yagi that is only up barely 30′ and which hangs over my garage roof. When I put it up, it confirmed something that Tom, N6BT mentions in his excellent book, “Array of Light”, and that is that an antenna over a roof will be affected by anything in the house that is metal, and…

The RFI “Sleuth”

In the last year I made two changes to my antenna farm that introduced RFI issues. Not RFI in the shack, but RFI that I am causing that: Only on 160M I all of a sudden cause my Trane Heater blower to turn on and off for short periods – just enough to blow cold air through the house and make fan noise Turn…

20M: Up, Up and Away!

Tomorrow I will get the new mast in place so I can get the 2 element home brewed 20M yagi up to 50′ from 27-ish feet. The model is only sort of correct. I will end up with 12 dB F/B and 4 dB gain, and a lower take off angle

Preparing for 3Y0Z

My homebrewed 2 element 20M yagi is not up high enough, and as a result of last weekends antenna work, I now have a spare Spiderbeam 40′ pushup mast. I can put this on my back deck and then get the yagi up ~50′ since the deck is 8′ off the ground. Its only 27′ up now.  I also took down that center element…