Hello: Its now been 50 Years that I have been into Ham Radio. First licensed as WN6RQW, WB6RQW, WD9EEZ, and finally N9BX.
Trying new low band Antennas, is a hobby in itself. Started using an SDRPLAY with my rig and watching the effect on receive signals, Using a combination of a Welbrook ALA1530LNPRO and an active small vertical vertical with a KD9SV BF981 Preamp, all being fed intp an NCC-1 phasing controller. I used to have a MFJ-1026, but although it worked well it is not up to the task of the NCC-1. Transmit Antenna on 160 is mofified MA160V with 20 feet added to the botom section, This raises the efficiency of the vertical from 37 percent to around 45 percent, while still getting the benefits of top hat capacitance loading.
Removing some big trees in the back yard means the antennas are coming down, and the radial field is coming up, but heck it's summer down here and time to start planning winter low band operation again.
So 6 meters is on the table now, and the ON4KST reflector for the low bands will change to the 50MHZ Region 2 reflector. An SB-220 that I had modified with QSK Vacuum relays, is now being converted to 6 meters by King conversions in Danbury, CT. If you have not seen the work that Lou does, watch his you tube videos. Six meter DXCC Count is low with 76 Worked for DXCC. I had over 200 Grids worked from Illinois, but now starting over as my own grid square has changed.
It am the IOTA Checkpoint for the RSGB IOTA Program for call areas 7, 8, 9, and 0. So if you have cards I am the person that will get you started or for checking your QSL Cards. Remember that the IOTA program does not Use LOTW or EQSL as that is an ARRL Program. 975 Islands Confirmed for the IOTA program, and closing in on the 1000 Shield. But even the IOTA program is changing so stand by for the new system coming on line soon. Propagation is better than it was in Illinois, and not as good as it was in SW Florida In Southern Mississippi, fighting thunderstorms means frequent antenna disconnects. But the People down here are wonderful, and the food is great!
For N9BX/P operations please use Clublog for QSL Requests: https://secure.clublog.org/logsearch/N9BX/P
Bruce N9BX 73
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