Thank you for looking me up - can you see your flag?
I was licenced back in 1981 but only recently returned to the hobby after a long break.
I bought a Yaesu FT270 in October 2010 and took it up to the Lake District at Christmas/New Year, where I discovered WOTA
The photo below was taken in June 2012 and shows me using a home made 2m/70cm end-fed co-axial dipole to
On my latest trip to the Lake District (March/April 2013) I was able to activate 9 summits. The following picture was
The following video was taken on the same day on Wandope and shows me activating this summit for Wainwrights on the air:
On a previous trip to the Lake District, I took some video during a therrmal inversion, letting us walk above the clouds:
At home, I'm using a Yaesu FT-857 mainly on 40, 20, 15, 10, 6 and 2 meter bands.
Below is my newly decorated and furnished office - can you spot the Yaesu FT-857?
I really enjoy building simple wire aerials. Here are some photos of my nested dipoles, delta loops (6m and 10m on the same pole).Also, my 2m delta loop - flying a Union Jack :
My latest project has been with a version of a magnetic loop antenna. It uses a hula hoop that has a screened multi core cable running through it to form the outer loop. By adding a switch to make use of the second gang of the tuning capacitor, it will tune from 60 to 10 meters. In terms of contacts, I have had best results on bands between 20 and 12 meters, but have had contacts on 40 through to 10 meters. My best DX was on 15 meters with a station in Wisconsin USA.
Here are two short videos of contacts made using the homemade magnetic loop antenna
Recently, I have been enjoying working HF portable QRP with my FT-817 and built a linked dipole which has worked very well for me. The simple design uses a 7m fishing pole to hold the dipole up in an inverted-v shape. It has links for 12,17, 20 and 40m bands. I do sometimes add extensions to give me 80m. All of the dipoles are resonant and do not require any form of matching unit.
Here is a diagram of the version that I built:
I have great fun operating push-bike mobile on 2m/70cm using an end-fed co-axial dipole ...
I also built an end fed co-axial dipole for 6m, seen here on top of my car:
Hope to hear from you soon.
73 - David
p.s - very proud of my certificates for working Cumbrian Lifeboat stations...
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