ZS6CCY is Back!

ZS6CCY – Bill – the South African “Beacon” is back on 40M nightly . . . I have to admit – I missed Bill working his daily pileups – but he is back. His signal was an S9 – but the band isn’t as great as it usually is during the Autumnal Equinox. Anyway – while its really obvious that we are really at…

F5IN on 40M: With “Dragon”

F5IN, the “French Beacon” is on CW pretty much every morning his time – 0500z. I have worked Mike so many times I feel like I know him. I’ll bet he enjoys CW and coffee like many of us do. There is a dragon in the background. Its no doubt Chinese Over the Horizon radar. The 7610 does  really great way of letting you…

Summer DX Patterns

Tonight, 40M sounds a lot like mid summer conditions – when EU fades (F5IN – a veritable beacon on CW during the Winter and Equinoxes is not heard as usual tonight). Dany, ZS3D was weak – but he is always weaker than Bill, ZS6CCY – whom I haven’t seen spotted for a while now. I need to check the morning Long Path to see…

TZ4AM: I’m Starting to Like the 7610 More Than The K3

The IC-7610 Scope layout and options are very intuitive OK – now I am really starting to love this new rig. The Scope functions fit my operating better than the P3 did. The amount of information is laid out the way I think – and once you put the SD card in – you get these beautiful screen snaps. I love the “T” marker…

LA1MFA on Evening 40M SP

I’m surprised that I hear LA1MFA so well at this time of year, but I guess the vernal equinox conditions are still there. Over this month this path will go away most likely – but since we are getting close to the beginning of solar minimum, it will be interesting to see the affect on the low bands – especially 40M, but also 30…

ZS to W6 Pipeline

The year long ZS – W6 pipeline is still going strong. I worked Bill – ZS6CCY where he was S9 +10 and I was S7 with only 100 watts. I never get tired of this – and really enjoy my DX Engineering DV-40-P phased vertical array.

Mad Antenna Science Weekend!

Now that all the hardware (structures and wiring) is in, I can take some time to do some tests and experiments. Here is a list of things I will try with the two 60′ (18M) Spiderbeam Fiberglass based wire verticals: Tune the verticals for the DX Engineering phasing solution. Check to see if the radial field – as strange as it is works. Try…

UrbanBeam on West Coast 40M Short and Long Path

This is a very interesting test. When I had the Cushcraft D40 up about 45 feet, on the morning Long Path, it beat the DX Engineering DV-40-P consistently to VK/ZL, ZS and all parts in between. During the night time Short Path, the 40M Phased Array always won. Last night – with the UrbanBeam up only 34-ish feet to ZS6CCY, this was certainly the…

The KY6R QTH Mystery

I still wonder why my DX Engineering DV-40-P phased 40M vertical array performs so well to ZS every night on the Short Path. The verticals are oriented NE – SW end fire, and the NE end fire direction is what works best for ZS. That’s a bit odd since the direction should be due east. OK, this one is easy – the cardioid pattern…

The Sure Fire Cycle 25 Prediction!

I have read several predictions for Cycle 25: It will be weaker than Cycle 24 It will be the same as Cycle 24 It will be similar to Cycle 23 I remember how many predictions there were at this time before Cycle 24. There were so many – it was hard to take any seriously – but each of us believed what we wanted…