Thursday, July 23, 2015

Visiting Liz and Bruce VK4MQ

Passing through their QTH. We had to stop and have nice dinner and lots of chats.

Thanks Bruce and Liz..... till next time and have a great trip yourselves.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Visiting Pete VK4LAT in St. George.

Trent VK4TS suggested to give a call to Pete and pay him friendly visit.

Pete was working hard to get to this position:

Pete's secret weapon is his youth and determination.  Second in importance is great antenna farm still being built:

Here is a beauty being created. Aluminium mast:

Several antennas waiting to be added to the farm:

Great looking vertical:

One of the two beverages:

Over all impression is:  Makings of great contest station.  Congrats Pete and Good luck for the contests. Thanks for being kind and showing me around.  Ah... Thanks Amy for the coffee and cake.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Who says "the condx are no good"?

This afternoon (local time) I expected to hear mostly LP Europe, but got lots of US stations (it was getting pretty late there).  All good signals - even QRP (AK6VS).  My little hex beam was swinging from SP US to LP EU every few minutes.

All good fun and thanks guys for the calls (mostly "old friends").


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Sulfur crest cockatoos "one" Patrick "nil".

In the last ten days or so flock of cockies got to like my Hex antenna. Here is the result:

It looks like I have to replace most of the wires now... Grrrrrrrrr..... Why me??????

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Using the "little" folding antena hex at Steve's.

For the contest Steve very strongly suggested to bring the Folding antenna. Manufactured by Christian DL1ELU.  The antenna is frequent companion on Heidi's and my travels.  I've worked many valuable DX with it. It is a great performer (for Hex type beam), beats the vertical or dipole anytime.

 Starting to unfould the antenna.  There is only one way to do it... VERY CAREFULLY. Otherwise one will finish with tangled mess.

 Coming to successful conclusion.

 Carrying it to the right place.  It is amazingly light, however the Murphy will hook it on any available obstacle.

 Murphy's hook in action.  To clear please use swearword.

 Ready to mate it with the mast.

 Last adjustment... Just don't forget to screw the coax on. (don't lough - done it before).

 Using the drill to "realign" the fastening bolt.

SWR is good on all bands.

 Object d'art.... don't you think?

Not as high as Steve's "big toy".

Unfortunately we found that there was not enough of separation for not interfering with the other radio, despite the fact that we had the W3NQN filters, but used it sporadically mainly pointing to US.  It was very handy to instantly switch from other antenna to this instead of turning the big beam.

All photos taken by Steve VK3JA.


Is it a radio shack or is it a trophy room?

On departure from Steve's VK3JA (VK3TDX and NF6V) I could not help to take a few photos of Steve's shack.  All the walls are covered with plaques and certificates... Amazing stuff.

This wall has the most important certificates and a few plaques.

Ready to add not yet framed recent arrivals

Every nook contains some "valuable" wallpaper..

Another "piece" of wall covered.

The most valuable.

Stuff is everywhere.

The proud owner.

Steve some times says:  That stuff gives me "bragging rights"... For sure I'll second that.