The conditions were fine on 160, 80 and so so on 40 m. Here are our results:
Sure is satisfying when training and traning pays off.
To have something on 80 m for Europe is highly desirable. In additon to the 27 m free standing vertical.
Here is the Create 17 m long shortned dipole with about 0.5 dBi of gain compared to a full size dipole.
Here the JK2015 with the 3 element 40 m yagi.
After some hours and planning finally the first step is accomplished.
The JK2015 on top of the 24 m HD ALU tower.
With help of my son Oliver SA5ODJ we finally could assembly the first of the JK2015 antennas.
Here just on ground at 2 meters height. Below the nice flat elements showing good element design with no sag.
The complete antenna on ground. We did this to find the optimum balance point for the boom to mast plate.
Then time to assemble onto the tower mast.
It is common knowledge among trainers and researchers that it seems to take 10 000 hours to be best in many areas like music, sports etc and I guess CW is closely related to this empiric fact.
So we need to practice. There are many methods on CW – here is a new one I discovered made by NO5W – “the Pileupnetplayer”. I just started a session on Dayton 2017 and here are the results compared to the best in class (at least those who there ).
At top you see the best player at Dayton an bottom my scores.
Here are the results at 2 meters height:
Almost flat SWR!
Almost flat SWR!
When raising the antenna the resonance will move up some 100 kHz.
To be able compete you need good antennas. With a low sunspot 160-20 m and sometimes 15 m is the bands to go with. We have good antennas on 160-40 m but here is latest addition for 20 m and 15 m. A stack of 4 on 20 m and 5 on 15 m.
Here is the process of assembly and test: