Thanks for working me, either as OE6MBG, OE6XG or OE6Z in contests.
My XYL Sissy, OE6YWF, myself, 2 cute llamas and 1 cat live out in the country, near the city of Graz, about 400m (1350ft) ASL. Among many other things in life, I enjoy meeting friends, traveling, dxing as well as contesting and have been a ham since 1973, barely 15 years of age then.
Recent trips have included mobile and portable operations from Hawaii, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Cape Breton Island, Italy, Mallorca Island and the Island of Malta. Participation in WRTCs 2010 in Moscow with Ivan, OE3DIA, and in 2014 in Boston represented some of the highlights of my ham-radio life. From December 2011 to January 2012 we went to South Africa, where I operated as ZS/OE6MBG (Addo Elephant National Park and the Zorgfontein Eco & Wildlife Reserve).
Antennae in use are an Optibeam, OB17-4 for 40m through 10m (since Jan. 2004), and an Optibeam OB2-80 for 80m/75m (since Oct. 2004). Main radios are a K3and a TS-990, tied to various amplifiers.
I have stopped collecting QSLs so kindly go through EB7DX for qsls.
73 and see you on the low bands.
Other calls used: KH7XX,VY2YY, R38N (WRTC 2010, tks OE3DIA), 9H3SM, 5Z4AA, FH8OM
This arrangement was part of a test in spring 2012: An Optibeam OB17-4 and a 4el Stepir on 2 different towers at the same height, facing 310 deg.
Picture was taken from an adjacent tree at the 65 foot level (20m).
At a recent COTA-activation in OE5-land
May/June 2012: I3/OE6MBG on the Adriatic Coast, using a small 2 element Moxon and a Cushcraft AP8 from the motorhome
Winter 2011/2012: ZS/OE6MBG and ZS/OE6YWF on a recent trip to South Africa on the Zorgfontein Reservation near Mossel Bay
Operating mobile while in Devon, England in October 2012
Looking north from the top of the hill
On an icy morning in March 2013
I have been experimenting with different types of Hex-Beams and Moxons and this is a design that I have come up with recently, combining good pattern, easy matching over reasonable bandwidth and ease of construction. The same frame as for a G3TXQ-Hex is used, but the wires are arranged differently. Not a vast difference in terms of gain and FBR, but I found it more appropriate to keep the high-current-carrying parts of the driven element as unbent as possible. A 2:1 transformer, similar to the one in Stepirs and Optibeams, is used at the feedpoint. I have named it the Crab-Antenna because the driver looks like pincers of a crab.
Front-to-Back Demo on 20m
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