Finally my OB11-3 and new rotator made it up the tower.
For now no QSOs have been made because of course there’s still a lot of work to do like running new coax cables and the rotator control cable up to the first floor shack and putting the wires for 30-40-80 back up.
Time permitting I’ll try to be on the air in a week or 2 max. I’d like to test in the DMC Rtty contest in 2 weeks from now.
Here are some pictures:
I wish to thank Tom from Optibeam for the advice and help provided in choosing the ideal antenna configuration for my needs!
During our EU-099-trip I really got bitten by the radiovirus again. Of course it was still (more than a little) present otherwise I wouldn’t have accepted the invitation but nevertheless I now want to get more quality time on the air.
That’s why I decided to quit helping in the motorsports-competition to get more time for the radio.
My idea for now is like this: as I hardly have time to get into my shack during weekdays (I have a business to run, remember), I decided to get back into contesting like I did some to many years ago. Lots of work todo before I can really try to be competitive.
One of the ways to be competitive as a SOLP (I don’t own an amp and never used one from my home qth) is SO2R (and it is better to focus on 2 radios than to contest with 1 radio while watching TV). Setting up the station for SO2R in digital and phone modes means I at least need more antennas, some way of switching those antennas and some way of switching the audio between the 2 transceivers.
Moreover it will be impossible for me to compete in every contest every weekend so I thought of a way to select 4 contests per year I really want to participate in, but more about that in a future post!
Today I did some measurements on the K2 using a borrowed
Elecraft XG2 (TNX Jo ON5AO!). The receiver of the K2 seems a little
more sensitive on 20 and 40m and a little less sensitive on 80m. Soon
I’ll be able to do some measurements using (semi-)professional gear.