Hello. Finally I was able to operate on 160m band from my small lot in HOA community. I already had all bands coverage, but 160m was a bit challenge. Now it’s a the good season for 160m band DXing and FT8 mode gives a lot of opportunities for it. Most of activities on low bands […]
On September 28th I arrived to Apia, Western Samoa which is located in south Pacific. It’s very beautiful place and I can compare it to Hawaii. I was a member of ZK3A DX expedition to Tokelau and Apia was our meeting place for all members before departure to Tokelau islands. The total flight time from […]
I’ve made some changes on my satellite antenna system. Re-arranged the antennas and added grid reflector for 1.7GHz/2.4GHz patch. Will be used for downlink only for NOAA and other LEO satellites. Later I will also add LNA for 2m and 70cm band for better reception.
Previously I’ve posted article about crossed polarized yagi for 435MHz made from two single yagi antennas. It was a budget version of antenna for satellite communications. I also described how to connect two antennas and combine into one cable. This time I modified 145MHz antenna in same way. That allowed me to increase gain and […]
Today when I was calling CQ on 6m band using MSK144 modulation I’ve received my own signal reflected from something (airplane, meteors). The signal was received right after I finished transmitting within a second. It was interesting because I never seen or experienced this before. Been using MSK144 for more than a decade. Could be […]
I’ve made my first MS QSO(144MHz) on November, 17th, 2009 at 08:02 UTC while I was 4L1FP. It was first historical MS QSO from Georgia (4L) to Romania YO4GJH. Nobody ever tried Meteor Scatter from Republic of Georgia. At that time my setup was: TRX – TS-2000 (100W), ANT – 5 el Yagi (homebrew) More […]
This was the first contest using IC-705 transceiver. I had a blast working QRP from new IC-705. Propagation was not good but I managed to make 70 QSOs only in CW. For SSB working QRP without propagation is no pleasure. My contest setup was:1) Icom IC-7052) HEX Beam antenna (2el for 10m) This is scores: […]
Many of us use Butternut HF6V antenna on HF bands. It’s very good antenna for small places and allows to operate on 80m to 10m bands however 60m band isn’t not included. With FT8 mode running around the globe 60m band become very popular and propagation is very unique on that band. The power on […]