Saturday and Sunday this week was out using the radios instead of stuck in the shack.
Saturday:- Went up to Reigate hill. Martin M1MRB, Denis MÃ˜NDJ, James MÃ˜BOV, Tim M3TKB (soon to be 2E??), and myself operating. Worked various bands with various radios and antennas. Some photos (taken with camera phone as I left my digital camera at home) are here. One antenna was even the infamous Slinky Antenna.
Sunday:- Went up to Warlingham Ridge with James MÃ˜BOV. I setup my SandPiper antenna. It’s based on a 9M fibreglass pole and there are 2 coils (I had to wind). A coil for 10/12/15/17/20/40M and 1 for 10/12/15/17/20/80M. It closes down to approx 1.1M & can handle up to 300 Watts SSB. I used the 40M coil today.
I didn’t make many contacts but worked some stations on the Polish contest and also heard a Brazilian station almost 5/9, but alas I virtually ran my battery flat trying to work him. Antenna though worked as expected.
Note:- Make sure battery is fully charged and don’t spend too much time trying to work one station.