I plan to activate Mt Taylor VK1/AC-037 (VKFF-0854) Sunday morning local time 06:30 am (19:30 UTC) for about 2 to 3 hours. The purpose of this activation is to test the propagation path between VK and NA on 10, 12, 15 and 18m. This is a precursor to a later attempt at a S2S with NA activators.
My station set up is a Yaesu FT857D @ 40 to 60 watts, mode SSB. Antennas: Inverted V linked dipole and mono band 1/2 wave wire vertical J-Poles. I will pause for 5 min or so to change the mono band antennas.
I would appreciate the assistance of NA chasers in monitoring each of the four bands. If you have time Saturday morning/afternoon, can you please listen for me? If you hear me please respond and or post a spot.
Just pointing out for those who hadn’t realised - that’s 19:30 UTC SATURDAY. By the way if you can be bothered to carry an antenna and gear for 40m - contacts into Europe may also be possible around this time, Andrew.
I have worked ZL1BYZ about a half dozen times over the last month, with me activating in W7O. These were all on 20m cw, between 1832 and 1925z. I’m usually at 10w to an EFHW. It is possible that a VK at 40w SSB could get through.
Agree Barry, I use a MH-598AJ DTMF microphone. My FT-857D rig settings are configured for max punch on SSB.
Just a clarification for the readers. I have two telescopic poles, one supporting a homebrew linked HF dipole and the 2nd as a support for a mono band J-Pole. I will be switching between the Inverted V and J-Pole antenna. My stock of homebrew J-Pole antennas includes 10, 12, 15, 17 and 20m versions. The J-Pole change over time is about 5 minutes, a little longer for the 20m version.
Yes, although at that time of the year I need to get off the summit a few hours earlier. Drive-up summits aren’t really an option here. I think another viable option is 20M long path before your sunset. But for both possibilities, sunspots really help.