Friday, October 12, 2012

80m GP exit

Trying to get TT8TT  on 80M cw  good copy but many many calls no reply it felt like tx-ing in  a dummy load.
I heard the lid festival too long and starting to think those lids that QRM-ing the DX  sending:  "idiots" do have a point.

 
My 80m antenna  was a vertical wire hanging down in parallel separated a few meters from the mast of 27m high.
Sometimes it seemed to work good but the performance was never real good. 
In times of good conditions the efficiency is of lower importance.
But since the last good times on 10m  in the start of October
the propagation went down a lot.


So exit  80m GPand see if there is an antenna that gives more joy.
Now I am testing  a full wave loop for 80m
The lowest SWR  2 bit high at the cw part of 80m
But it seems to work even at 12M  easy QSO VK9XM in a pile
Not a bad start for a piece of wire..
I had to bring the mast down since the pulley on top felt down and then I had to clear some trees in the way needed the chainsaw it had been quite a while ago that I did antenna work this year.
Saturday  also had a lot to work around the house.  Too late I saw  5U6E was worked in PA  100km south of me that would have been a new one at 6  But  100km  is a lot for 6m if it is south.


 I checked the WSPR database of last week
 2012-10-08 12:08  PA0O  28.126174  -26  0  JO33hg  5  VK3AFW  QF22mc  16424  79 
 2012-10-08 15:00  LU8ENU  28.126063  -20  -1  GF05rl  5  PA0O  JO33hg  11599  34 
 2012-10-08 15:02  PA0O  28.126167  -25  -1  JO33hg  5  LU8ENU  GF05rl  11599  231 
 2012-10-12 16:38  PA0O  28.126199  -10  0  JO33hg  5  CX2ABP  GF15wc  11512  229 
 2012-10-08 13:16  DU1MGA  28.126061  -23  0  PK04lc  5  PA0O  JO33hg  10286  327 
 2012-10-09 14:30  9M2CQC  28.126104  -18  0  OJ03tb  10  PA0O  JO33hg  10066  323 
 2012-10-07 17:42  PA0O  28.126173  -23  1  JO33hg  5  PY2SDR  GG56tv  10001  229 
 2012-10-08 07:48  PA0O  28.126147  -13  1  JO33hg  5  FR1GZ  LG79rc  9485  135 
 2012-10-07 17:44  PT2WWV  28.126022  -24  0  GH64cd  5  PA0O  JO33hg  9268  29 
 2012-10-13 15:16  PA0O  28.126164  -19  0  JO33hg  5  PU2BFG  GH64ci  9248  232 
 2012-10-12 10:30  PA0O  28.126194  -27  0  JO33hg  5  HS1ZKM  OK03gr  9045  79 
 2012-10-08 08:10  V53ARC  28.126121  -24  0  JG87  1  PA0O  JO33hg  8486  354 
 2012-10-12 15:26  PA0O  28.126160  -21  0  JO33hg  5  KE7A  EM12kx  7952  301 
 2012-10-12 15:14  PA0O  28.126175  -16  0  JO33hg  5  K1UTI  EL86wx  7557  286 
 2012-10-10 14:52  PA0O  28.126184  -12  0  JO33hg  5  KK4XO  EL96uf  7503  284 
 2012-10-12 15:38  PA0O  28.126187  -1  -1  JO33hg  5  AK4DW  EM86cb  6903  294 
 2012-10-10 06:06  5Z4/VK1UN  28.126153  -19  0  KI88jt  2  PA0O  JO33hg  6669  340 
 2012-10-10 06:46  PA0O  28.126168  -27  0  JO33hg  5  5Z4/VK1UN  KI88jt  6669  145 
 2012-10-12 16:44  W8AC  28.126163  -20  0  EN91jm  5  PA0O  JO33hg  6311  46 


 It was not complete down as I thought
 But 80 and 160 showed only EU decodes .  

OCEANIA contest CW this weekend but  aurora  again  no high band propagation.
Heard ZM1A weak on 40M and VK2BJ but my 40/30 dipole was down and the rotary dipole has high SWR in the CW part of 40 since some time the top load mast tips are out of tune. It works good 7.180  in the "new" band section.
It is amazing that 40m is usable in the night above 7100kHz .
No more broadcast.  10-20 years ago that was unthinkable!  Even in CW a "clear" spot was hard to find.

7039.9 5U8NK RTTY working a JA pile  some JA's better copied.
 weak fluttery signal  I called  then QRZ PA0?   he heard me!
But just at that moment a tune carrier came on.. That's the story of last weeks.  Not sure If he really got me. some QRSS signal on top this time.   

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