Here a few new pictures of the latest improvements we made, upgraded one of the 160 wire verticals to tubes and made the 80 meter verticals switching broadside also, installed new wiring in the shack and of course most of the work is done in temperatures below freezing and in the snow.
Yesterday we looked over the contest calendar and Pam said she would like to do the ARRL RTTY Roundup. I said well you can but we don't have anything for 20 and 15 meter so she said "well make something, we did all those crazy long verticals this should be easy" Ok so we went on New Years eve putting up a 4 Square for 20 Meter. First thing we did that evening was making the phasing lines and relay switching system, we started installing the system at 8:00AM because we knew the snow was coming in. See pictures below.
After installing the system we did the testing and it works great, we did the testing for 15 meter on the 40 phased verticals and indeed this work also just a little higher SWR but we can live with that, we even have some gain so that is a bonus! We will do some testing in the SARGT New Year contest on New Years day.
BTW Pamela is doing the SARGT while I am updating
this page..............It's her first RTTY contest and she is
having a blast at 3:00AM.
Last night we (Pam, K6NDV, Miki YU1AU and me
K6ND) where talking about the antennas we put up in the last few
weeks and that they are working very nice according to the reports
and comments. So we said it would be nice to get something going
on 40 Meter we decided to give that a shot in the morning. We
started at 1:00 PM and at 4:00 PM we had a European pile up. We
did the same like we did in the past for 80 Meter and 160 Meter,
2 verticals in the trees and phasing with coax. We have done the
same at our (K6SE (SK)and me) portable setup in California, Earl
is (was) a master on phasing verticals I did learn a lot from
Below are some pictures from us struggling in the snow (and it is still a hobby, right?) Now next we need to get something going for 10, 15 and 20 meter.