VK0EK Back Stories

My alter to tech these days – its an analog thing, man . . . dig? I’ve been sharing some great stories about VK0EK that I’ve never shared on my blog with friends lately. Mike, KJ4Z was involved in quite a few of these – so he can fact check some (so you’ll know that I am not spreading “fake news”). He was there…

FREQ 300 #34: JD1BMH – Ogasawara

JD1BMH – easy with QRO and even QRP at the bottom of the Sunspot Cycle on 20M This was the only signal I heard on 20M towards our sunset, and it was quite good. One call and in the log with 5 watts. This is what makes QRP DX so much fun – exceeding expectations on  regular basis.

LDG vs. Balun Designs QRP UNUN Test

Elecraft KX-3 with Begali Adventure Mono Key I have a long wire antenna deployed at a top secret (spy) location, and am testing QRP UNUN’s for use with this end fed antenna I threw a “super secret spy antenna” up in the trees where I am at The antenna is only up 20′ at the highest end and 10′ at the lowest end. Being…

FREQ 300 #31: P40W – Aruba

No I’m past the 10% mark – this sure is fun

FREQ 300 #27: KH2L – Guam

The “Pacific Theatre” is mine! I’m a bit surprised – the more I use my KX-3 with the UrbanBeam – and continue to log new one’s on a regular basis – even at the bottom of this sunspot cycle, the more I am liking this. Ed’s signal was very strong – and his antenna was doing all the work, but I did get a…

Sixty Three Feet!

The UrbanBeam will (finally) go up to 63′ from its current height of 52.5′ The AB-577 mast sections are 5′ 3″ each. I have 12 – and am only using 10 at the moment, so, after last weekends very strong winds, I have full confidence that its time to add in the last 2 sections. I made Honor Roll New Years Eve 2012 –…

“Rare DX” is a Relative Thing (K7TRI QSL Card!)

My first FREQ 300 QSL Card – K7TRI – Tillamook Rock – NA-211 NA-211 is rated #28 on the IOTA list – and wanted by over 90% of all IOTA chasers. Since the last time it was activated, in many ways, it is just as rare as many DXCC Southern Oceans entities. There are many more IOTA entities than DXCC entities, so relatively speaking…

FREQ 300: #10 – IOTA NA-036 – VE7/F8IHE

Vancouver Island – our nearby Canadian neighbor – great (QRP) DX on 20M at the bottom of the cycle! I’m learning that “Rare DX” is a relative term not an absolute. I had previously been so “whetted” with the ARRL DXCC list that I could not see the forest from the trees. Now add in QRP and you have a whole new reality. F8IHE,…

FREQ 300 Milestone: #9 – 4S7AB

Kamal, 4S7AB with his 2 element Quad worked easily with 5 watts. Amazing! Perth, VK6 is still the MPW / KPW (miles per watt / kilometers per watt) champion QSO, but this QSO is second – and would be more “rare” if it weren’t for Kamal – who is a beacon from Sri Lanka. Its pretty amazing that I could expect to work India…

40M Antenna Comparison (yes, again)

I have been wondering why my silly Inverted Vee has been beating my UrbanBeam up 46 feet on 40M this summer. Noise is one issue – the horizontal antenna has been very noisy. The Inverted Vee has a higher take off angle – as does the UrbanBeam on 40M when it is “only” up 46 feet. I can see that low angle arriving signals…