On Saturday afternoon I had a few hours without "supervision" and could play radios for a while. Checking around the bands, I've discovered the Russian RTTY contest in full swing and pointed my fldigi at it and discovered that Steve VK3TDX was having a good time running. I've started the N1MM, set is for RTTY (my first) and discovered that it was not very difficult (gosh it is a good program). Had some more play with selection of the TTY modem... N1MM can use the MTTY, MMVARI and fldigi as the soundcard modem. I've played with all three and found that the fldigi is the easiest to use with N1MM (for me).
I was quite surprised how easy it is to setup and operate. I started cautiously with S&P and then after gaining more confidence started running... Pleasant surprise.. it went like a rocket..
Hmmm ... I think I can get used to it... Not as high buzz as CW contesting, but good fun. With CW one has to be concentrating 100% all the time.
RUSDXRTTY Summary Sheet
Start Date : 2013-09-07
CallSign Used : VK2PN
Operator(s) : VK2PN
Operator Category : SINGLE-OP
Band : ALL
Power : HIGH
Mode : RTTY
Default Exchange : 30
In the last few months the old Traffie Hex was getting sick. The corrosion of the wires made it unreliable. When I've removed it from the mast some of the wire elements broke to pieces. However the rods and the rest of the hardware is still in a good condition. Will find a way how to replace the wires and will keep the hex as a spare.
A new K4KIO hex was waiting for me when we got back from the Outback trip. During the last week I started the work and today I've completed the swap.
Had to straighten the mast and clean the trust bearings. Today I've assembled the new hex and mounted in on.
Here the rods are attached to the base plate and the shape is formed
The band wires are in place.
This was the hardest part of the job. Attaching to the mast.
It is now upright and ready for work. Quick trip down to the shack to check if it hears and transmits.