I made a promise to PD0FF Foppe I would come back to install a HF antenna for him so he could listen with his Kenwood TS450. As you probabely all know Foppe has a muscle disease called ALS. Unfortenately this disease cannot be cured and his life will get worse and worse. It was last year I arranged that his big antennamast and antennas were removed so his wife is not left with those I also sold most of his equipment for him as he was already not able to use it anyway.
I bought a 3 band endfed for him that looks fine to me. A small risk as I normally do not trust commercial build antennas until they have proven to be good for me. Foppe still had a 6m mast at the back of his garden providing me a good anchorage for the antenna end. It's hanging about 6m above the ground now. Amazingly the antenna manual was right about the factory tuned SWR. The only thing I had to do was shorten it about 20cm at the end. Almost perfect SWR on 7100 KHz. 14 and 28 little worse but below 1:2. Good enough for listening. I checked both before and after the duplexer with great results. After that I went to install the TS450 and check it out. I found that the receive was good. Only the noise was a little high, but could be the location of course.
Hopefully Foppe enjoys some listening now....
Sunday, 26 June 2016
Monday, 20 June 2016
Very instable propagation today. I didn't hear any activity on SSB/CW. On 50.276 MHz JT I discovered more activity with signals going in and out. One moment you see several signals in the waterfall, the next minute everything is gone. I made 2 QSOs into the Ukraine. Just reports as there was not even time to say goodbye. And yes, I was spotted in several countries surprisingly!
Sunday, 19 June 2016
Norfolk&Suffolk Wing Air Cadet Organisation
Army Cadet Force/Combined Cadet Force Team Lead
Harlow Wing Air Cadet Organisation
In the Netherlands we are only secundairy users of the 60m band. The militairy is the primairy user and we should not interfere with their transmissions. This was a nice event to show that HAMradio operators and the militairy can share radiofrequencies. 2016 could be the only year that this unique event was possible as next year we probabely get new rules. Only 15 KHz of the 60m band and max. power output of 15W. In such a small spectrum there will be no room for this kind of events. I'm glad I'm able to do this at this time of "history". It is probabely something I will remember over the years.