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…

TO2SP: Top Band #91

I was pretty confident I’d get this one – mainly because these guys are great operators and they would be there until the end of the month. In fact, they already seem to be getting bored. now I also see many West Coast getting through. The signal was Q5, but not as loud as I would have expected. Conditions have been really weird on…

Final KY6R 2017 Top Band DXCC Sprint!

Wow we only have 6 weeks left to 2017. I didn’t get my 160M QSO with VK9MA, so lets move on and see what is next: J5T – Guinea Bissau – remarkably, I heard this superb team on Top Band, but won’t call them until later today – they were very busy with EU and the US East Coast. I do expect that when…

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

CW: Always the King for DXing

This morning I called VK9MT on FT8, and he was -15 dB at best, -18 dB at worst, but I decoded him. He kept calling CQ even though there were a ton of people responding. I made one mistake  (forgot to click on even / first) but someone on the ON4KST Chat helped get me straight fast. On Top Band I still don’t think…

Top Band Whack a Mole

The elusive Top Band QSO Mole . . .  I’ve been up early hoping to work VK9MA, and I have heard them each morning – the first morning quite well after sunrise, but I had an issue with my matching circuit. The next day I fixed that after work. Right now I’m hoping their signal will come up some so I can have a…

3Y0Z and Inverted L as an All Band Antenna

With the High Pass Tee tuner at the base, I can easily switch the tuning of the Inverted Vee to work on all bands. This is great because it gives me bands that I wasn’t bothering with with 3Y0Z. I have concentrated on 160 – 20M, and want ONE QSO with 3Y0Z. Once I’m in the log, I’m done. The 3Y0Z web site has…

Matching 160M: The Challenge Continues

All of a sudden, in a CW pileup this morning, my amplifier kept faulting – the SWR started creeping up. Since I have all of the components to make the same T circuit as a Palstar AT5K, I might try this. I have the space in the cabinet and its an easy task, so I will try to get this done after work tonight….

160M November Possibilities

Its the possibility of working a new one on 160M right now that keeps me going in ham radio. So, what will be activated this month that I need: VK9MA – Mellish Reef – they started today on 160M, but are just below the noise – popping up every now and then. I do expect that there will be time to work them –…

DX-pedition Trends in 2017 and Beyond

The venerable Ten Tec Orion II, one of my all time favorite ham radio rigs People and radio gear have changed quite a bit since 2001 (when I got back into ham radio after a lengthy absence) – we have lost both as they have gone SK, and we remember them fondly. I’m glad that I was part of Ten Tec’s zenith, and also…