Month: July 2011

Plans for a new aerial mast

As documented elsewhere, I did significant work to my VHF aerial system last year consisting of a new rotator, cable and masthead preamplifier. This has been all very good and has given me a half decent VHF aerial system but it’s also shown weaknesses. My location isn’t great for VHF, the aerial would benefit from […]

Days 185-189, two visits from the insurance company

Not many QSOs during these days but that’s not too surprising as my shack really is decimated with no computers, a bare minimum of an Internet connection through a dodgy router and a borrowed radio balanced on top of my old broken radio. On day #185 I spoke to PA/ON4IPA, Martin on 40m, on day […]

Review – June

Luckily I keep a paper log as well as a computer log so I am able to provide some statistics for the month of June. I can’t give as much detail as usual but the basics are here. QSOs made: 301 QSL cards sent: 231 DXCC entities worked: 49 New DXCC entities worked: 3 DXCC […]

Days 178-184, lightning, security and insurance

Day #178 saw me just working the higher bands, I spoke to DO8ABS, EW6DX and IZ5ENZ on 10m and HA5JI, YO5OHY, SP7HKK and HA6NL on 6m. Day #179 was the day of the lightning strike but luckily for the project I’d worked W4DXX, Eric on 20m in the morning before leaving for work. It’s unusual […]