Hi and welcome to my QRZ.com page
I am 100% mobile or portable station,so if you work me when I am driving I will be using the Scorpion SA-160 screwdriver which at 4,7m on top band is a pretty big antenna,this is only good when I am on the motorway not the country lanes and low trees! The antenna is controlled either with the rocker switch supplied with the antenna or by the Turbo Tunner 2
When I am down the beach I normally operate a live web feed from the van. This gives you the ability to see your signal on the 7" screen and hear your audio as i receive you in the van. If you click on the image below there is about 10 seconds of adverts and a real time delay of 2-5 seconds on the live feed,But please remember don't have your RX to loud as you will experience feed back.
Below is my 2013 summer antenna project, this is a 4 square for 20m with a 1/4 wave spacing which floats on the sea near Southampton, the single element was the first experiment to make sure that the pontoon would float! If you click on the 4 square photograph this will take you to a youtube video of the four square in action.
One of my homebrew antenna is a 1/4 wave vertical for 80m, this has been a bit of a challenge due to the length and stability but it seems to work well.
I also operate a pair of 1/4 wave phased verticals which are spaced at 1/2 a wave length apart, the local council have been very kind and installed about 1 km of stainless steel handrail. I have manufacture two brackets which fit onto the railings.
The antennas are connected by a simple phasing harness which hangs behind the handrail and then to keep the health and safety and grumpy people happy, I have made a hoop to carry the cables to the van.
The antennas are set up on the handrail with end fire being East to West and broad side being North to South.I am able to switch the antennas between broadside and end fire from inside the van. I have now started moving the location of the atennas around the handrail given different lobe points.As for gain the design boasts 3.86dB on broad side and 2.3dB on end fire over a single vertical and so far the results have been very promising, but I am sure the salt water gives a big boost.They take about 20 minutes to set up and 10 minutes to put them away.
Before the phased verticals I had been experimenting with a single 1/4 wave vertical on the roof rack of the van this again had proved very good, but like most verticals it would drag in every bit of noise wanted and unwanted! The pictures above are of my two old vans with the 1/4 vertical on the roof rack.
Carrying on the experiments I had been trolling through the web for a multi band antenna which I could go mobile with and would give a reasonable performance,after a detailed research I decided that the Cobweb was the ideal antenna for the job. I managed to manufacture the Mobile Cobweb, which takes less than ten minutes to set up and works well and is very quiet on receive.The pictures below show the Mobile Cobweb first installed.
The only real problem with this was the wind increases very quickly and the loads been applied to the roof rack and van, were soon going to cause a failure so back to the drawing board for a quick design change. So now I have manufactured a heavy duty tilting drive on wheel base and 2" aluminum tubes which are connected by sleeves. This then left me no option but too look for some other antenna to play with and as you can see a 2 element Yagi for 20m works a treat,even if it is windy.
Carrying on with Yagi's here is a 4 element 20m full size mono band which is about 12m above one of my vans on a Clark Scam 12, it doesn't get much uses as it is a bit of a task to assemble if you want to go mobile, so I tend to leave it up in my works QTH, if i don't need the van for work!
The inside of my van is my shack,so I have tried to fitted it out with as many of the fixed station equipment as possible, I have a pure sign wave inverter producing 240vac for my laptop and other items.I have a Signalink unit for digital modes and the laptop is connected to the internet via a 4G wireless network which will allow 5 devices.Also a 7" color screen which is feed from my Icom 7000. This will displays the radio screen.I have upgraded the standard hand mike with Bob AB5N kit and it is a great upgrade i would recommend it to all IC7000 users.
The location in all of the pictures is a place called Meon shore, opposite to the sea is Titchfield Haven National Nature Reserve, if you click on the duck you can find out more about the area. This locations WAB is:SU50
This part of the water is a very good location for catching smooth hounds and I normally have to fight for a good location near the sea with the fishermen!
If you click on the web cam you can get a real time view over the sea. Also by clicking the ship you can listen live to the VHF radio transition for the Cost Guard and general shipping in and out of Southampton water.
PLEASE CLICK ON THE PICTURES BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION
WX Local Webcam Nature Southampton Coast GuardRadio M0UOO Website
Several times a year I have a radio QSO party at the beach which normally runs for 24hrs,it is generally a free radio day with coffee and the BBQ running most of the time,we work 70cm - 80m all modes and have a lot of fun.
If you worked me in the Ukraine in September 2014 as UT/M0UOO/P (Grid square KO21IF) new QSL cards are now with Charles M0OXO along with QSL cards for Jersey.
If you worked me from the island of Jersey EU013 under the call of MJ0UOO/P, for information on Jersey click on the cow.
On the beach at St Clements and Corbiere Light House on Jersey
2 Element Yagi for 20m at Ronez Point please click on the photographs to see how windy it gets and the great view.
Nearly in the sea at La Rocque which is the south east of the Island. The WAB square is XF75 I operated 40m and 80m from this location with the 20m vertical on the rear of the van.
The best location for me was at the north east of the island as i could run power from my generator without upsetting anybody and not watching is the sea is going to catch me out! The WAB square for the north east of the Island is WG65
QSL is: Bureau VIA M0UOO or my QSL Manager Charles(please click for QSL information).Charles is now my QSL manager for all my call signs. Your information is collected from QRZ.com after each QSO and an automatic EQSL is send.I upload after each Dxing period to LOTW, CLUBLOG and QRZ.com
Many thanks for looking and if your in the Southampton area please look me up,
good luck 73,
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