Tuning the sloper

Last Updated on Wednesday, August 31, 2011 7:38 PM Written by N1WQ Wednesday, August 31, 2011 7:30 PM

Last weekend I spent several hours trying to tune up my antenna for lower bands, Alpha-Delta DX-B quarter wave sloper. It is a quite narrow range antenna, and initially I did not have time to tune it for all bands, so I ended up with DX portion of 160M band (around 1,83MHz), and some rarely used part of 80M band, around 3,65MHz. On 40M the resonant frequency was around 8MHz with some insane VSWR inside amateur band. The 30M was not a problem at all though.

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I got the power!

Last Updated on Saturday, July 23, 2011 10:54 AM Written by N1WQ Saturday, July 23, 2011 12:16 AM

Well, just a little. I got an amplifier. After massive fiasco in June, when I heard a lot of stations from Asia, but was not able to get through, I finally decided to buy PA. So the week before Fourth of July I purchased used Yaesu FL-7000 tuned by Bill Grassa, N4ATS. This is solid-state linear amplifier capable of running 500W (officially). Unofficially people are saying FL-7000 can make it up to 600W, but I keep the power in the range of 400-450W.

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DXCC RTTY 150 entities confirmed

Last Updated on Sunday, November 13, 2011 12:22 AM Written by N1WQ Thursday, July 14, 2011 7:53 PM

This week I got 150 DXCC countries confirmed in RTTY. I even got 152 at this very moment. KH2L confirmed 150th via LoTW.

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