Thanks for the very easy QSO on 7118 KHz earlier when you were on EI/IN-001 Errigal. After nipping out on my bike earlier to try to work Nick GW4OOE/P on GW/NW-001 Snowdon on 145 MHz FM without success, I still managed to chase Mark M3ZPY/P on Buckden Pike, & Ron 2W0RYB/P on Moel Famau, so not a completely wasted trip
When I got home I had a choice, open a cold beer, or finish adding 80m sections to my 60/40/30/20/17/15 “lighter weight” linked dipole. I chose the second option, which would mean a short walk across to a playing field near my house in order to trim the additional sections to resonance. (It is too big to set up in my garden & better trimmed in the clear away from telephone lines etc)
As the other sections work fine, I had made the 80m end pieces over-length as it is easier to snip a bit of wire off, than add a bit on
After trimming the 80m sections I sent a CW test message (not picked up by the RBN as there were no G stations running a skimmer on 80m at the time, Doh!), I checked the VSWR on 60m (no issues) then pulled the links to try 40m, again with no issues.
I knew you were QRV on 7118 KHz SSB as I had listened from home, & although I could tell you were there, working you would have been a struggle due to my local noise. Set up in a field not 80m away from my shack, 40m was lovely & quiet, as it should be, and you were any easy 59 :
My 40m noise problem must be very local!
Although the playing field is very convenient, I usually avoid using it for antenna experimentation as the general public will come over & ask questions. If you have a lot of adjustments to make this can be very frustrating. However today with minimal trimming necessary I thought I would take a chance.
You could spend all day on G/SP-012 Easington Fell & not see a soul, yet in 10 minutes this afternoon I had a family with a dog & then a gentleman with a dog ask me (quite nicely) what I was doing.
When you explain amateur radio to the general public, they do seem to be genuinely fascinated, so I do like to spend a bit of time explaining things. I did mention that space was an issue with an antenna of that size at home, but I also mentioned my noise problems.
The gentleman with a dog suggested I get in touch with the chap in the farm up the hill as he is a nice bloke & he was sure he wouldn’t mind me experimenting up there.
Since arriving home, my mind has wandered, & wondered, if this could be quite an idea?
If its location is quiet, my first though would be Remote TX/RX with a wireless link to my shack & full size MF/HF TX/RX antennas.
Then I looked at things more realistically,& have arrived at a pole, a solar panel,a box containing a SDR, Pi/Ardiuno controller, battery / power supply, a wi-fi antenna pointing at my house, with a “mini-whip” on top.
Hmm, those that know how far my ideas progress will know that is not going to happen, but it’s a thought isn’t it?
I hope you & Helen enjoy yourselves over there, the weather in Blackburn today was lovely
Thanks & very best 73,