Thursday, April 27, 2017

The results from RSGB "BERU" contest are out.

As I noted in earlier post, my result was not as good as previous years.  In recapping it was not caused as much as decline of propagation but by my emphasis on higher bands.  I did not spend enough time on 40 m.  Also the 40 m antenna was ordinary dipole.  If I had more effective antenna on lower bands, I'm sure it would be better.  Lessons to be learned.


 Here no doubt I've made tactical error.  Yes I was unassisted, however I did not tick the proper square.

Food for thought for the next one if I get invited.


73
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Monday, April 24, 2017

My new hex beam by Waldi SP7IDX arrived and being assembled.



 The box as packed by Waldi.

 The first "skin" is off.
 First look.

 Well packed.  Not a sign of transport damage.

 This must be the hub.
 And it is.  The first clamp assembled as a guide.

 The three packs of spreaders.

 Bits removed from the packet.


 Centre post still it its bubble wrap.

 Ready to put the rest of the clamps on.

 Task one is complete.  All the clamps and the protective aluminium tubes in and tight.

 Now the center post turn to be added to the hub..


 This time the job of fastening the lugs to the rods.  Each rod has one clamp attached as a guide.  All I had to follow the measurements for the other spreaders.


 The clamp attached to the spreader rod.  Note the black electrician tape protecting the rod.  Also prevents slipping.  Smart move Waldi.

 All done now, so lets put it all together.


 Still flat.

 Self amalgamating tape applied to the top.



 The rods are supplied with the ropes attached and coiled.  It is easy then to bend the rods and hook the ends of the strings to the top ring.

 Here it is - full shape without the wires.



 The wires for all bands are threaded through and secured.

All done.

The frequencies all checked nicely.

Tomorrow or next day I'll lower the mast, remove the old hex and install the new toy.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Commonwealth CW contest also known as BERU 2017.

          


        Band     QSOs     Pts  Cty  Sec    Pt/Q
         3.5         25        585   22    2     23.4
           7          73      1240   42    4     17.0
          14         56      1055   40    4    18.8
          21        15        355   15    0     23.7
       Total     169      3235  119   10  19.1

            Score : 3,235
              Rig : Elecraft K3 + P3  SPE 1k-FA

         Antennas : TH6 + Hex beam + dipole

          Soapbox : Poor showing on my part, only half number of QSOs comparing to the last year.  The condx were down for sure and the number of participating stations must have been down too (on the same account for sure). 
Pluses: when the bands were open the signals were huge.  However the opening were shorter - after all we are on the downslide in the current solar cycle.  The minuses: frustration when working the band from the bottom up or top to bottom, in S&P all the stations/signals (showning on the panadaptor - I'm sure did not miss any, were already in the log.  Yes some of you guys did not stay on the same frequency when running, you kept jumping up and down (as you should).

Thanks all who called and/or answered my call.



Monday, March 6, 2017

The most famous field day/meeting, the Wyong 2017

It is a week later since the great event happened and I just realized that I forgot to put up the photos:













































The results from RSGB "BERU" contest are out.

As I noted in earlier post, my result was not as good as previous years.  In recapping it was not caused as much as decline of propagation b...