How Did You Radio Today?

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by VK4HAT, Aug 11, 2018.

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  1. W2JKT

    W2JKT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Operating out of my camper this weekend. Fun stuff!

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  2. K6CPO

    K6CPO Ham Member QRZ Page

    Attended the monthly ARES meeting on Zoom...
     
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  3. AJ4WC

    AJ4WC Ham Member QRZ Page

    I just finished WAS on 160 meters which gives me WAS on 9 bands. So I thought I'd try for WAS on 6 meters. Today, I put up a 6 Meter Delta loop at about 50ft. Fed with approx. 300ft of 33o Ohm ladder line back to the house to a 1:1 balun. Took the better part of the day to get the antenna up and route the line. I checked it with the analyzer and the SWR was about 2.7:1. I added a 4ft loop of ladder line which brought it down to ~1.3:1. Then, started calling CQ, but there's not much happening on 6M today, apparently. Look for me on 6 meters.
     
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  4. KK9W

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    I helped a ham who's new to the hobby that emailed the club looking for help with his first radio. We met up over coffee at a diner and I programmed a couple of repeaters into his HT and showed him how to do it. Since we live out on the fringe of the area repeaters for HTs he was having trouble. I invited him to my house and we added a few more viable repeaters and gave him my longer flexible whip to keep. We plan on meeting tomorrow for more "lunch and learn."

    Good times.
     
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  5. VK4HAT

    VK4HAT Ham Member QRZ Page

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    Fiji on all the bands. Pity Dave's not home man.
     
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  6. W1VT

    W1VT Ham Member QRZ Page

    I worked Zambia 9J2BS today. Already confirmed on LoTW for country #261 on 30 meters.
     
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  7. KK9W

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    I did manage to get Kuwait, 9K2GS last night on 40M SSB to make 117 confirmed out of 137 countries.
     
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  8. KI7HSB

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    Got the root pole parts fabricated and installed on the top of my tower so now I have a mounting point for the R-6000.
     

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  9. KD2UHF

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    FINALLY I set up FT8 and I made my first contact so that was awesome!!!
     
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  10. HA2ZB

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    Tested my attic delta loop for 20m. I could hear in the first minutes that it is not good enough - my garden vertical loop provided much higher signal levels. Although the DL was tuned well (SWR below 1,5 along the whole band), it does not mean anything (a dummy load has a good SWR as well, actually).

    Finally the RBN provided an even more convincing image:
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    Call at 1527Z is on delta loop, the 1532Z call is on the garden vertical loop.

    Later a small surprise about the propagation (with the vertical loop of course):
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    I don't remember if I ever had 24dB SNR from NA on RBN.

    So I removed the delta loop. At least I tried and again learnt something. My attic is not for this type of antennas.
     
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