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…

80M Phased Array, RSP2Pro and Ten Tec 515

SDRUno with the RSP2Pro I was pleasantly surprised that the RSP2Pro can be controlled using my Elecraft K3, because both are running Omnirig. The RSP2Pro thus tracks the K3, and the KPOD tunes both K3 and RSP2Pro simultaneously. This means I can mix the audio from the PC with the K3 and have “Dual Diversity”. Its not different than having the two receivers in…

Confessions of a “Fair Weather Top Bander” . . .

All of a sudden I’m loving 80M – and this I never would have expected Because making DXCC on 160M (without using remotes) from the West Coast is so hard, I fancied myself as a real DX “Scrapper” being able to do so. For sure, its a great accomplishment – and one that DXers on the East Coast (or those on the West Coast…

A “Hive” of 80M Activity and 3C0W on 30M

The Spiderbeam 80M vertical with wire taped to the top. Look carefully at the tall tree and you can see it I was able to get one 60′ (18M) fiberglass pole up today. The second one is going on another post – but I had to remove a bird house that the hornets took over. I took a hammer knocked the birdhouse down into…

80M and 40M Short Path to Glorioso

The Short Path to Glorioso may not be impossible as I had previously thought, only because I will have phased verticals on both 80 and 40M. I know that Bouvet will be easy because its not a polar path, and because it is so close to the ZS path I work daily. When I say close I mean “given that the cardioid pattern is…

80M: My Log Says “Variety”

I have 172 entities on 80M, and the variety is really excellent. I was listening to 160M just a minute ago and it was soooo boring. I switched to 80M and I’m hearing 3C3W pounding in. That led me to look at my log and here I am. I think the deal with post DXCC DX-ing is variety. 80M is still a band that…

SteppIR UrbanBeam Installation Part 1

I’m starting the journey of putting up a SteppIR UrbanBeam. This “series” will include also putting up the US Towers ALM-31 crank up tower, because I needed something that was within specifications of supporting the UrbanBeam and which also was the best solution for my QTH and antenna “siting”. The product was packed very well in a 5′ x 2.5′ x 2.5’carton. Each set…