I am embarrassed to report that a 13cm transverter between a FT817ND and a 23cm 25 watt amplifier does indicate an attention to detail issue. Yep that’s right I had a 13cm transverter feeding a 23cm RF amplifier and yes the combination does not work out to well.
When I suddenly discovered the 23cm transverter was sitting in its carry box next to my right hand, I realised the error of my ways.
So after one hour of faffing around with the wrong transverter and then substituting the 13cm transverter with the correct ‘23 cm transverter’ between a FT817ND and a 25 watts 23cm amplifier, suddenly everything worked as designed, woohoo
Thanks Compton for the 189 km S2S on 1296.150 SSB. Next, I think we should aim for ~220 km. Al VK1RX will be firing up his 23cm amplifier soon.
I left my tripod platform at home. The transverter and amplifier are both wedged and balanced inside the tripod frame. So embarrassing
73 Andrew VK1AD