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…

LZ307MU on 30M at 3:30 PST (2233z)

I was very surprised to hear Bulgaria on 30M at 2200z, and then after a while I decided, what the heck – why not call him. Sure enough – he had a real hard time hearing me, but I used the DX Engineering DV-40-P – my 40M vertical array on 30M – because its SWR is just fine. I proved today that this antenna…

ZS5IE Worked S9 at 9:30 AM PST (1630z) on 40M

It was quite amazing today to hear ZS5IE this late in the morning on the fabulous 40M Long Path. I actually worked him at 1630z where he was S9 and I was S5. I can’t remember this path being open this late. Iain was running 300 watts to a 2 element inverted vee and I was running 1KW to my DX Engineering DV-40-P phased…

You Don’t Need a Yagi to Make Honor Roll

When I started DX-ing in 2001 I had only wire antennas, and I made it to 300 with just wire and 200 watts. AT about 275 it became so difficult that I put up an Cushcraft MA5B then a Force-12 C3SS. BTW – I worked P5/4L4FN with 200 watts and that MA5B . . . When I started I had a low dipole on…

160M: CQ WW Bust and Busted

From Page 6-8 of the ARRL ON4UN LOwband DX-ing Book Today I will nail the new LC circuit for the Inverted L. There are 14 combinations that I can try, so it could take a couple hours to finalize the LC circuit, wire up the u.RAT and button it all up. The ones that have one L and one C in the diagram above…