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Antennas / Re: What's your favourite antenna for portable activity?
« Last post by GM0LVI on February 10, 2019, 19:20:35 UTC »
I've also got a Spiderbeam pole and use it to support a 20/30m trapped GP when we go the island of Barra in the Outer Hebrides. It's a VERY windy location so have to ensure the pole is well guyed!

Antennas / Re: What's your favourite antenna for portable activity?
« Last post by AL7JK on February 10, 2019, 17:57:59 UTC »
Enjoying this discussion of portable antennas. Last
summer obtained a telescoping mast from spiderbeam.
All manner of longwires, loops etc. strung up quickly
and easily.

Digital Modes / WSPR
« Last post by IZ5ZCO on February 08, 2019, 10:33:53 UTC »
The Weak Signal Propagation Reporter Network is a group of amateur radio operators using K1JT's MEPT_JT digital mode to probe radio frequency propagation conditions using very low power (QRP/QRPp) transmissions.

Telegraphy / Re: more homebrew paddles
« Last post by VE4AKI on February 01, 2019, 00:59:12 UTC »
Thanks for the kind words guys------Tom
That's great Pierre. How good is selectivity with SDR?
The Flex-1500 looks like a great little radio and at a very good price too!

72, Dave
QRP / news contacts with my Flex-1500 - 5 watts - and inverted Vee 2x8,31 m (balun 6:1
« Last post by f5gsk on January 24, 2019, 15:04:04 UTC »
hi all,
7029 - 08:24 - 22/1/2019 DF8NY ,Walter, Weidenberg  Germany -
7029 - 14:21 - 22/01/2019 IK6JOT , Fabio - Mondolfo - Italy
Pierre - F5GSK
QRP / Re: First 17m QSO in 2019
« Last post by f5gsk on January 24, 2019, 06:26:11 UTC »
Congrats Dave
Telegraphy / Re: more homebrew paddles
« Last post by GM0LVI on January 23, 2019, 19:08:59 UTC »
I got busy again and made a couple of new paddles [ not that I need more hi hi ] The two are made from
plastic recycled from a slatted window shade. I don't know what kind of plastic it is but it is easy to work with basic tools. The smaller one is intended to be used portable. They are both very lightweight. Thanks for looking.------Tom

Some very ingenious engineering there Tom!!
QRP / First 17m QSO in 2019
« Last post by GM0LVI on January 20, 2019, 21:44:27 UTC »
Before Christmas the 17m loop on my quad broke, then the rotator (20+ years old) packed in. Two days ago I lowered the mast and replaced the rotator which cost a fortune to replace and repaired the broken loop.
This afternoon I noted the SFI had risen a bit so decided to try CQing on 18.086 and much to my surprise and delight made a contact with VE3UZ and received a 559-579 report for my 5 Watt signal. Dave, VE3UZ was 579-599 here but he was running 100 Watts.
The transatlantic path above 20m doesn't open often at present, but it is open more often than people realise. I suspect folk scan the band, hear nothing and QSY to a lower band but if they spent a little time putting out calls they might perhaps be surprised.
Antennas / Re: Updating my antennas...sort of
« Last post by ta5ae on January 14, 2019, 19:42:56 UTC »
Well, now the nice weather and warmer days are back here,

I have again some antennas projects.

1- EFHW = End Fed Half Wave Antenna I shall begin with a monoband, propbly for 17 meters,  and I have the idea to have another one for 40-20-15-10 meters

2- VDA = Vertical Dipole Array  Check this one:

This 2 elements is sure very interesting, with a bit of gain to push my  peanut whistle signal a bit further  ;D

So some fresh air and experimentation should be a lot of fun.

Bye, Michel VE2TH
Good! ;)
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