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January 2012

Ideas for a Shortened 160m Dipole

 In the few days I had a MFJ-962D manual tuner (had to go back as defective) I found that reception on the 160m Band was improved some what. This was using my 80m/40m dipole as the antenna. I don't recall if I tried loading the antenna through the tuner, but reception was better. This is somewhat promising, perhaps I can get out on 160m now. Either that or I find a small 160m antenna.

Incorrrect QSO data

Well, aparently I incorrectly recorded the 'Mode' of at least one QSO back in January 2011, and a quick look in the log I uploaded to HRD Log indicates there maybe more. It seems I had a few SSB contacts in the RTTY and Data portion of 40M.. I'll check the log book in Ham Radio Deluxe and see if I can make out the errors. if you are one of the ops that I did this too, please QSL with the correct mode.


Hunting down recieve noise.

One of the worst things I think is having to deal with a S9+ noise on receive. It wont matter if your 'getting out' you can't hear anyone unless they are practically a S9. I have done some noise hunting with a shortwave receiver, with good results. I found an electric space heated that would give off a S9+40 noise when it was just about to reach it's  set point. But I still have some noise. Over then next few weeks I will be recording and tracking down the noise in effort to improve my DX reception.

HK0NA and VP6T DXpeditions 2012

HK0NA and VP6T, two fairly big, and in the case of HK0NA, rare DX location. Actually they both are on the top 100 most wanted DX, in the top 50 I believe. It would be nice to work them, at least HK0NA, which is not too far away.

Kuwait DX

Picked up a new one this morning! Heard 9K2GS on 20 meters this morning, he had a small pile of ops waiting to contact him, so when he called QRZ I sent my call. I got buried! I still don't have an antenna tuner that will handle the SB-200, had to send the first one back, BUT my 20M Inverted Vee has just about the entire 20M under 2:1. The SB-200 should handle that.  I connected it in line, and tried again.

Thoughts on K1OIK

I thought back and forth on whether or not I should post this, but in the end I feel it needs to be said, and not be edited by an outside source. (Hey that's what personal blogs are for right?) K1OIK, or Burt, is a ham radio operator from Cape Cod who has a very cynical view of the Amateur Radio Community in general. And while every community has a few of these, K1OIK seems to go out of his way to 'stir the pot'.

MFJ-962 Tuner is back.

UPS delivered my replacement MFJ-962D antenna tuner today. Well I have good news and bad news about it. The good... The meters work like they should.  The Bad... The roller inductor wheel skipped off the inductor core. I am not sure if it was because the tuner was cold, as in ice cold off the back of a UPS truck, or if the core needs to be shifted a little to keep the roller on track. I was able to guide the roller back, and it seems to work ok now, however there is a little sticky point as the roller goes around. I'll give it a couple of days and see if it frees up.

Let Me Work The DX My Own Way! A DX Story by Paul, VE1DX

 Last week one of the local QRPers came up the road, beat his way around the curve of the hills towing one of the more Sleek Headed QRPers behind him. Wary as we might have been, they caught us before we could run for the safety of the shack and pull down the shades.

PJ4C Bonaire Island DX 2012

Well this is, for me, my first real DXpediton. I was able to get 6 QSOs in five band slots, and I have to say, the OPs were nice and conducted themselves well, at least from my rookie point of view. Working them was really just a chip shot. Bonaire is about 120 miles East of Aruba, and I already have several contacts from that region, and that was before the amp, so PJ4C was not a real challenge, but it was fun! 

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