First the kit : inverted V doublet, radiator lengths 9.8 metres, fed via 4 metres of 300 ohm slotted twin feeder, centre height 5 metres. Rig FT817 via a antenna match (QRP ATU, RADCOM, May 2003). This set-up might eventually be useable on several bands by adjusting the matching unit.
Initial check with an MFJ antenna tester showed the antenna can be matched to 50 ohms at 80M and at 40M
Operated from Long Mountain - Beacon Ring (GQ/MW-026), and started calling CQ on 3.750 at 12:00 UTC as alerted. No replies after 15 minutes of calling, but did get one QSO with G3XJP (N Herefordshire)by tailending. This at least showed that my signals were getting out. Another fruitless 10 minutes of calling CQ on 3.750 before I went up to 40M. Able to get a QSO with GB2CAT (Scarborough) and found a space at 7.079, calling CQ to no effect for another 15 minutes. A call to Don, G0NES (Thanks, Don) indicated that Birmingham was far to close for a QSO, but Don ‘spotted’ me. Eventually a QSO with ON5WAB resulted, badly affected by QRM from an adjacent (French) station, but I was warned that ??5NEP (?) was also calling, but was unreadable due to QRM.
A few questions arise:
- Was everyone else at the rally?
- Did anyone think they heard my calls on 80M?
- Were HF conditions generally poor about 13:00 UTC?
- Is there any benefit in getting the far ends of the antenna a metre or so above the ground - mine were attached to plastic pegs in very dry ground.
Comments would be appreciated.
Regards, Dave, M0DFA