Tuesday, March 20, 2012
In the last pic, the insulators are just weights to put a little tension on the 17' ladder line section. This servers two purposes, first to "steer" it away from the metal flashing on the edge of the shack roof, and second, to help create a drip loop for rain, which worked well last weekend!
The W3EDP needs a resonant Z-match tuner. (Emtech ZM-2, for instance.) I instead decided to build one like this: http://www.qsl.net/wb3gck/zmatch.htm
Almost done with it:
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
I've always been inspired by Bill's QRP DSB rigs, so I'm starting building one for 17 Meters. CARBON MICS FOREVER!!! ;)
I've also been feeling guilty about letting my CW slip, probably for the better part of a year.
But then an absolutely absurd post came up on the QRP Tech yahoo group. (I subscribe to this as I can't stand either of the qrp-l's.) The idea is nuts. ;) My chances of making any QSO's are minimal. But I'm gonna learn things and it'll still be fun!
Here's the details: Rock Hunt QRP Contest Home Page
Last night I dug up a Hendricks DC-40 (non-A) that I didn't even build, modded it to tolerate swappable crystals, and called CQ for a bit. No takers, and absolutely NOTHING showed up on the Reverse Beacon Network. I used to be able to reliably put my call sign in there with 5 watts with my old antenna, but the present one is just too much of an inefficient calamity. I have some reading and planning to do, and once I get a bit more financially caught up, I'm going to be ordering a few little kits.
Next step is to re-configure the antenna to a 40m EFHW.