With thanks to James MØBOV & Peter M3PHP my Hustler 6-BTV is now vertical as it should be, and not horizontal as it has been recently.
James helped with assembing the antenna earlier in the year, but due to a few problems was not put up then.
Peter stayed over Friday & Saturday and helped clearing the garden, pointing the antenna skyward & guying it as well
When the antenna cable was connected, we fired up the Icom IC-737 and 10m was bustling with activity.
Within a short space of time we had worked Germany, Switzerland, Scotland and Italy all on 28MHz SSB.
On Sunday and Monday the antenna also survived terrible weather that had brought down trees, and caused other problems on railways, etc.
To see some photos go to my gallery at:- gallery.m0tzo.co.uk/may2008/
Also in regards to 2m & 70cms, Peter and myself sorted the Ecoflex 15 cable so that I no longer needed the 1m patch lead to reach the radio. Someone has already mentioned I am getting out to them a lot better than normal.
Any guesses what the site is about???
It’s a site where you can choose your new Amateur Radio including Base stations, handhelds and mobile radios.
Rather than me trying to explain, just visit www.pickmyrig.com and see for yourself.
Tonight after local net had finished I went up to 432MHz to work a few station in the 432MHz UKAC contests.
Operated for about 40 minutes and worked 6 stations. Not mega numbers, but I gave a few points away and as I only ran 20w and that was into a vertical I am not upset with results.
Was more to give me something to do than watch TV all evening.
QSOs = 6
Mults = 2
Longest distance = 44km
Total Score = 202 points
More info on RSGB VHF/UHF contests available at www.vhfcc.org
Plan for future:-
Buy 70cm Beam & Rotator. Install in Loft with 2m ZL Beam.