I just got in from my first bike ride of the year and also got to participate from a local park in the OVMRC 2M SIMPLEX CONTEST. I got in an approx 5km bike ride (without having a Heart Attack) which is a good thing. As some of you who know me that has been an issue in the past and so it shows that all the work my Doctor has been doing was good for me….
No stress, a change in diet with some exercise = NO CHEST PAINS
Back to the radio stuff though… I rode around the neighborhood checking out Hutton Park, Balena Park, Riverview Public School and Dale Park before before picking Grasshopper Hill Park. If you zoom in on Grasshopper Park you will notice two ball diamonds. I was set up on the bleachers at the 2nd diamond (the diamond on the right of your screen)
Contacts were made with VA3CKD, VE3JW, VE3NPO, VE3QSO, VA3SIE, VA3TOO, VE3EUS. I also heard VE3WEH and VA3RDC/m. In addition VA3SIE was operating as a rover and I worked him in several wards…
It was a beautiful day for a bike ride and also playing in the park. One thing I forgot about was the wind and using a flexable vertical antenna. Usually I operate HF or VHF SSB which means horizontal dipole style portable antennas… This time it was different….
For the contest I was using my FT817 (yes I used it on FM….) along with my 6m ribbon J pole which is constructed out of 450 ohm ladderline. I figured that it might have a bit more gain than the 2m ribbon J pole… To be honest as I never did any A/B testing even though I have both antennas…. I’m not sure… I was working on the principal that a 1/4 antenna on 6m is also a 5/8w on 2m. Given that plan then it might be correct for me to guess that a 1/2 wave J pole for 6m is almost a full wave on 2m. Now I might be wrong on that one but… The SWR was good…. Nothing Blew Up and I did make contacts…
I also made a couple of Videos for my You Tube Site for the contest but…. Once again I am not a filmaker or a camera man ….
AND IF I COULD FIND THE ^&*^&%$!!@@##$$##%^&( Usb cable that goes from the camera to my laptop you might be clicking on the links right now to see them…. Once I find the cable I will post them and let you know
Right now its time to charge up the batteries, both the radios and mine… Liz and myself have to out for a while so…Look later tonight for the videos….