For a change life has slowed down a bit here and I am finding much more time to hide in the shack. For now time is spent catching up on some (LOTS) of non radio related paperwork at the same time as trying to complete my Digital WAS from the new QTH here in Kingston Ontario.
I’m using a rather simple way of it though…. Although at this time I am only missing 9 states for my WAZ those states seem slightly rare. After a couple days of calling on the various HF bands although my signals have been spotted (tnx PSK Reporter) in the missing states it seems no one in those states were watching their screens at the right time so I am still trying….. and trying.
For now the preferred way is call and call and call on the various bands…. My “Stealthy Antenna ” aka my “Disney Antenna (cuz its really Mickey Mouse) seems to work using my on board auto tuner on my Yaesu FT 450 on the following bands. 10-12-15-17-20-30m. It used to like 40m as well but something changed…. dunno what…. and now no luck there. If I insert my 40m Buddistick coil in just beside the balun I can also operate on 80m.
As the US call zones often cover more than 1 state and with their vanity call system often its hard to figure out where anyone is calling from till after the QSO has been made. My answer is fairly simple….. Work everyone I can and then let Logbook of The World figure it out. Sooner or later I will work those missing 9 and then I can start on the CW and SSB WAS to complete my 2nd Triple Play. When I was living in Ottawa I did manage to complete my Triple Play and it would be great to do it a 2nd time from here in Kingston.
With my great antenna restrictions here I just don’t think any rare DX will be in my future though I am able to reach across SA and most of Europe. Anything much past that is hoping for the Perfect Storm.
More on this later….
I started back on October 3 with the new stealth antenna. Its a twisted Zig Zagged almost vertical wire about 50 feet in length with 3 random length radial. Its fed by a 4:1 balun and I use a buddipole 40m coil at the bottom of the wire (after the balun) so its kind of base loaded. By pass the coil and I can operate on 10-12-15-17-20-30 and 40m. Using the coil I can get 60 and 80m.
The SWR on all band is low enough (under 3:1) that I can get the internal tuner in the FT 450 to bring everything down to a decent match (1:1)
All this is stealth mounted in a large pine tree just on the other side of my fence line. The balun and the radials are on my side of the fence and the wire runs up into the tree. Stealth being the key words as there are some antenna restrictions I would rather not debate with the Condo Board.
So how does it work???? Well its better than not being on the air… So far this month I have made 206 contacts. A few were voice and most were FT8 with a couple of CW thrown in for good measure.
Contacts were made in North America, South America and Europe.
Now before October the last time I played radio was in the spring of 2018 so I don’t really know if this is good or bad for band conditions. Either way…. It does not matter… I got to spend some quality time in the shack and realized how much i missed it. Right now I just try to spend a couple of hours in the shack each day and also try to upload my logs to LoTW and QRZ.com on a regular basis.
I need 5 more states for the WAS-FT8 and after those 206 contacts I still need those hard to find 5. As far as the DXCC Digital go one of those 206 brought me up from 48 to 49 so I still have 51 to go … It will take a while.
But as the camper is off the road for the season… (if you read my earlier post) I do have time on my hands now so why not.
In the mean time…. I am proving that you can make contacts in Amateur Radio with less than fantastic antennas if you want to take the time to work at it…
Hope to hear you on the air