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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Antenna still OOA

Its cost me £20/ £40 every time I get the antenna guy in, to take it down and put it back up again, and as Ive done that five times since I bought it, its staying broken at the moment. Its still measuring open circuit at the moment, I suspect its at the antenna end, a dry joint or some such, maybe when the weather improves, ill try to get up there myself, but ,I hate heights. So Im off air until it gets fixed.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Antenna

The antenna has become open circuit, I suspect its the coax at the antenna side. It may be a while before I am able to replace this.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Off Air for a while

In a recent storm , my antenna was destroyed, I will be off air, until I can repair/replace it.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

WSPR Testing :Weak Signal Propagation Reporter Network

Ive been running this for a while, it a great way to see how far your signals travel over time, my fave band so far is 17m ,which seems very interesting propagation wise.


Here is where in the world my signal was heard on 5w into the antenna
want to take part /know more ? Click here

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Back on the air

Its seem as if things came to head the last few days, my Digimaster interface seemed to stop working , the antenna went high swr and the laptop , which is very old, ground to a virtual halt.


Starting with the digimaster: this was attached to the rig and computer and when I went to look at it, had stopped receiving data, after spending 60m in skype, with one of the people who runs the forums for digimaster, it still was not working, so it was sent back to the maker.

The Maker revealed that one of the leads had become faulty, with a pin being bent out of position. it was duly replaced and sent back to me.

Shortly after setting it back up again with some help, the laptop slowed right down, its over 7 years old, so, its probably about time it was replaced. looking at the speed at which it was operating, I suspect the cpu was running too hot the fans had been noisy for years.

So I have replaced the laptop and set it up with the Digimaster, I now have a Asus X55C, which is a very middle of the road laptop, but, its the best I could manage to get back on the air.

The swr problem was caused by a bend in the coax, which was strengthened out, so hopefully that's it for a while, as this is expensive. 

73s John G6KQS

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Off air for a while

My Digital setup has stopped working, so Ill be off air for a while, details when its fixed and up and running.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Web Contact

From time to time I get email from people who want to know more about my experiments with antenna and other equipment.

 I'm happy to answer when I can, if you just want to say hello, try to contact me via Ham radio itself,  nearly always monitoring bpsk-31 around 21.070, emails asking me to visit your page or comment on your picture of your antenna, are not the  most enthralling messages I receive, and likely to be ignored, its not that I hate you or anything, but I enjoy this hobby for my reasons, and I if you want a sked, please do contact me, but I will not sign your guest book , or comment on your most recent blog, or donate money to buy your dog food... thanks for reading. 73s John G6KQS

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Back on the air

The new tuner has arrived its a MFJ 949 E- although rather touchy , (it needs better knobs) its performing ok and shows no sign of getting warm, let alone burning out, keep an ear out for me on psk, its always nice to have a qso, conditions seem rather dead today, with hardly anyone heard on 20m , lets hope things pick up a bit

Saturday, June 8, 2013

LDG Electronics YT-!00 Failure

My turner started smoking badly today its over a year old, no no chance of a free repair then, im off air until I can get a tuner replacement ,after it cooled down and stopped smoking I found it still works.. it will need a repair , but now Im down to 30w on psk as per the manual, hopefully I wont do any more damage ,Sent it off for repair 11 June, The repair shop say,its beyond economical repair , bought a new tuner today  16th June, it will be here tomorrow.
Turns out the tuner I bought wont run without power, so, ordered a different one, it should arrive today 18th June.