If I Build It . . . . (Death of a 40M Dipole)

I had a 40M dipole up 60′ for 3Y0I . . .  Two weeks after putting it up, my neighbor drops a note off at my doorstep saying he is cutting down the 70′ tree that one end is attached to. The “offensive” and scraggly Monterrey Pine that the dipole is in on one side I did enough tests, and the dipole was 10…

West Coast – 3Y0I Pilot Test (40M)

As you already know – I usually do ZS tests at night for the short path – always on 40M. Tonight I was able to hear E51DOM/MM (in Cape Town) sending CW at 0430z and he was loud enough to make a QSO (if I were running more the 100 watts that I am). Dom was only running 150 watts into a makeshift antenna…

Latest Bouvet Propagation Prediction

Its a mostly water path from San Francisco to Bouvet Island . . . and the sunset grey line is pretty much perfect as far as when they will go and activate . . . I believe 40 – 17M. Propagation prediction tools are notoriously bad even at 40M – and are terrible below that. In fact, I usually take the prediction and shift…

Ghost of VU7RG

VU2ELJ which was right through the 3Y0I – Bouvet grey line path The VU long path at the end of our day on the West Coast is a path that does open regularly, but not nearly as much as the oath to ZS. Today was great – 40M was very quiet and I was hearing all kinds of great DX starting an hour before…

All I Want For Christmas is a Bouvet ATNO!

Dear Santa. I have my two front teeth, so what I really want is an ATNO from Bouvet Island and 3Y0I. I know you especially like Hamm’s, so I expect you just might come through . . .  No helicopters will be needed with 3Y0I . . .

Which 40M Antenna Will Win for 3Y0I?

The DX Engineering DV-40-P phased vertical array wins the ZS path (orange), the dipole wins the South Shetlands path (light blue), so which antenna will win the highly coveted Bouvet Path (yellow)? Time will tell. The most interesting thing is that in both cases, the UrbanBeam did hear the stations in both places. It was not quite as good as the winner – but…

The Rebel DXer 40M Special!

Off in the distance, you can see the 40M dipole – up 60′. Nice fall colors! (click photo for much better view). You can see the MFJ current choke in the middle, but it’s high enough where the antenna almost looks invisible (hahahaha). You can see how much higher the dipole is over the UrbanBeam. I wish the neighbors tree wasn’t in such bad…

My “Clandestine Shortwave Operation” . . .

The Air Boss will get my dipole up 60+ feet tomorrow With a 40M dipole perfectly aimed 130 degrees and up 60′, and with an AL-80B – excited with an ICOM IC-7300, I’ll get in the 3Y0I Log. That plus as an early “investor” – they will call me, which will be a real kick. I got the Air Boss ready to roll starting…

3Y0I: The Fix is In!

We Interrupt this Vintage and QRP ham radio lust for an ATNO chase . . .  Lately I have had a full on jag for Vintage Radio, QRP Radios and Morse Code paddles and bugs. Its a major departure from the past 17 years – where I was totally consumed with DXCC and DX-ing. HOWEVER – Bouvet is calling – and I am getting…

My 40M “3Y0I Special”

The “lowly dipole” on 40M – when up 60′ or higher is a great DX antenna! My 40M dipole will be up at a good 60′ tomorrow or Sunday, and I will be ready for 3Y0I. I am 100% sure that if I work them on any band – it will be 40M. The two trees I have puts the dipole perfectly at 130…