#hamradio Antenna mods worked

Even though I had changed locations (Ottawa to Kingston) some things never change and I found myself in a location with a bigger yard but stronger antenna restrictions. (Before you say anything about a ham knowing better…. )

My wife and I moved in  with our eldest daughter and our situation suits both parties…

However with the assistance of a large pine tree and some shrubs to hide wire….  I am back on the air from FN14 with better results and less equipment than I had before

The new antenna is an approximate 45 foot wire in a mostly vertical configuration with 2 25 foot radial and 1 approx 40 foot radial.  The radials are along the fence line and under our deck in the back yard.   

This with the assistance of a 4:1 balun (using the internal tuner on my FT450 gave me great (great means it loaded up) results on 6-10-12-15-17-20 and 40m .  Hovever nothing on 80m or 160m.

Tonight I had a crazy idea and the part in stock.  I added a Buddipole 40m coil into the antenna close to the balun.  Taking the tap out I now have 80m using the internal tuner.  With the tap in at its shortest position I kept 6m to 20m… found 30m and kept 40m.  No luck on 60m with either setup but as I never used it before no big deal but I will check on what I might need to do to get something there that fits in my yard.

Not pretty, definately not technical… but it works…

At times there are people telling you it wont’t work…. (Ya can’t argue with the laws of electronics)….

Fortunately I never studied law…..   🙂

Sometimes its better to be lucky than smart….

73bob

 

ps…. for those RV’ers out there…. some amateur radio info for you and some solar plans for you rig will be coming soon.

Safe travels as well

 

 

 

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It’s been a while… How ya been?

After 14 months I finally remembered my password for “the blog” and so here we are again.  In reality every now and again life gets in the way of hobbies and in the last year that basically happened to me.

What have you missed???  For a start the family no longer lives in Ottawa.  We moved to the City of Kingston Ontario on June 1st.  We are happy with our new digs but most likely will finally get unpacked and organized in time for our next move.

The retirement thing lasted about 4 months before I started going stir crazy and really annoying Liz so there also is a new employer or as I prefer to call it a new source of funding for the toy account.

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On the topic of toys we still have the same truck and camper as we took to PEI last year but with all that happened to us starting in late April with the getting ready for the move….  With the move in June…. and then the unpacking and all that goes with it….  2018 has not been a good year for camping or radio for that matter….

On the camping side Liz and I did get one trip in where we visited with old friends at Chillycon in early September and then Erika and I spent a great week at Sandbanks Provincial Park just south of Picton Ontario on the shore of Lake Ontario.  I have the camper in a storage facility close to our new home and I am hoping for one more trip before I winterize….

On the radio side of things….  Early in 2018 I did start to dabble in those new digital modes, mostly FT8 and had lots of fun.  Late in April the shack was packed up and just recently (late September) antenna wire is hiding in the trees at the new QTH.  Still using the same gear mostly….  The Yeasu FT 450 dialed down to 30w (gotta get a stronger power supply)for HF all modes and my FT 817 for the local VHF repeaters.

Still using HRD (but it did take a while to remember how to config it) along with my WinKeyer USB for CW and the SignaLink USB for the rest of the digital modes.  I still have to get my log talking to LoTW and EQSL as well as getting both of them to acknowledge the new address.  This means that if you have worked me after September 1st you might have to wait for a bit for the confirmation.  Not sure what hoops I have to jump through to open up an account for VA3QV in Kingston so it could (will) take some time.

If you really need a confirmation from FN14 drop me an email and I will send you something out via snailmail but I would prefer to wait for the E Side of things to get set up

Now a bit about the new toys….  There is a new (to us) truck and trailer in our future and I am hoping  this will happen late spring /early summer 2019.  We know what we want (trailer wise) and how we want to equip it and what we want to pull it with.  Something between 26-33 feet with a separate master bedroom  It will have solar power for dry camping along with a larger (3000-4000w) invertor/generator for those days when boondocking or dry camping the solar can’t keep up the power demands or Liz really wants me to run the Air Conditioner. 

img_0219Our current Champion Generator is very dependable but at 1.2k  also too small to run anything with a heating element along with the air conditioner in our current rig

As far as the tow vehicle goes we would need a 3/4 ton pickup.  4X4 short box with 4 doors would suit us nicely.  Both truck and trailer will have Amateur Radio Gear installed.  In some of the areas we plan to visit in 2020 the cell service might be sketchy so….  the ham gear is the vehicle is not for the hobby but rather for safety.

For the next few months posts will be made when things of interest in my Radio life or our RV Life.  Things that we want to share with you…

So as we say in the radio world “73”

or in the RV world “Safe Travels”

bob