24 Jun 2008
22 Jun 2008
This is the QSL card confirming the June 25th 2007 6m QSO with Lefty, K1TOL. I was using 2.5w ERP at the time to a small vertical! Magic band? You bet!
Lefty has a big 6m antenna farm and runs 1kW, but I much appreciated him hearing my tiny signal and giving me the RST519 report that night. It was one of the best contacts I have ever had in 40 years on the bands.
20 Jun 2008
Earlier this week 6m bucked up a bit allowing W5OZI in EM00 square to be heard hear at around 8000kms! Also heard were N3DB, 4X4DK and 4Z5LA. This was a few days ago now and I've not heard any further "super" DX since when I have listened. It is amazing what can be heard on just a small vertical antenna fed to the FT817 via about 40 feet of RG58 coax!
Also this week I received the QSL card from K1TOL for our 6m transatlantic QSO last summer - my best ever 6m QSO with just 2.5w ERP.
11 Jun 2008
10 Jun 2008
5 Jun 2008
1 Jun 2008
This is a picture of the "Homebase10", a horizontal 10m antenna mounted on its pole above my roof. It is a wire halo which very effectively covers around 600kHz of 10m with a low SWR. It has allowed me to work plenty of stations running QRP with some contacts with just 50mW (see earlier blog post).