March 8, 2014 - The big tower has been taken down in anticipation of moving and I am now using small antennas like the EF-20 end fed half wave in an Aspen tree. I'll run as little power as I have to make contacts, hopefully no more than 5 watts. See you on the JT digital modes.
February 26, 2014 I began running 1 watt exclusively, with a Yeasu FT-817. Each qso in the log above since that date was made using 1 watt and JT9. For antennas I'm using the big yagi on 20 and above, and the PAR EF-40 on 40 meters. Thank you for working me.
I'VE BEEN NINING.
February 1, 2014 I discovered JT9, loved it and switched over completely ever since. Still using the antennas below. See you on JT9!
January 18, 2014: Thinking the big antenna was overkill today I am switching to the end fed dipoles (PAR EF-20 daytime, PAR EF-40 or K5RP loop for 80, night time). Power level will still be QRP at 5 watts. Staying with 1 watt is too frustrating.
January 17, 2014 - Using 1 watt beginning today to try something different and see how far I can work with 1 watt. Need the big antennas for this. Antenna is Force12 C-3 on main tower at 92'.
January 12, 2014 - Set up Clublog and got JTAlert to automatically upload each JT65 QSO. Very slick. I love it.
January 5, 2014: currently using PAR EF20 for 20 meters and EF-40 for 40 meters. The EF-20 is in an aspen tree. The EF-40 is running vertically out from my main tower. Using 25 watts.
Previous antenna experiments, now disassembled:
If you worked my station since December 16, 2013 it was probably on this antenna. It's a real birdfeeder, fed at the bottom by a SGC SG-230 tuner. Can you spot the welded wire fencing laid on the ground for a radial screen? It actually gets out, as you know if you worked me. Using 25 watts. 73
Flag Pole antenna in use for December, 2013. If you worked me on JT65 in December, 2013 between the 7th and the 16th chances are this is the antenna on my end. This antenna is my current attempt at stealth. Can you see the wire mesh in the grass, also known as the radials. Can you spot the SGC SG-230 on the post near the ground? On the 16th I moved the tuner to a birdfeeder, which has been in use since Dec. 16th.
If you worked me on JT65 in March, 2013 chances are it was with the birdfeeder stealth antenna below. My wife said it had to be a real birdfeeder, not one made out of electrical conduit so this has been replaced, as of December 16, 2013. Using 25 watts.
BIRDFEEDER ANTENNA FOR JT65.
If you worked me on JT65 in March, 2013 chances are this is the antenna you worked me on, my latest attempt at a stealth antenna. I built the shepards pole out of 3/4 inch EMT conduit ($4 for 10 feet at Home Depot). My wife had a few extra feeders I am borrowing to use as props. The shepards pole extensions make a great top hat. The antenna is 7 feet tall and with that top hat it resonates at 17 MHz. I am feeding it with a SGC 230 tuner at the base. What is hidden by the grass is a massive field of 64 radials. I have made contacts on 30M, 20M, and 15M so far. Reports are typically -10db. No one has said my signal is chirpy.
I enjoy chasing DX, QRP, CW, and trying out different antennas and rigs. Hold a love in my heart for the musicality of Morse Code.
Recently discovered JT65, running 25 watts and small stealth antennas.
QTH Working conditions: Transceiver- ElecraftK3, Logikey K-5 keyer, Scheunemann paddle, Signallink USB digital mode interface. Antennas- Force12 C3 tri band yagi at 92', 80m N5RP loop. Amplifier- Alpha 76CA.
JT65 working conditons: ICOM IC-756PRO into birdfeeder antenna above and SGC230 tuner, or some other temporary experimental antenna. Other antennas for JT65- Ground mounted mobile verticals from Hustler and Hamstick, Hustler 6BTV, Vertical dipole center fed with SGC211 tuner, PAR EF20 supported by Spiderbeam 12m pole. Lately, Colorado QRP Club end fed dipole. PAR20 erected as an inverted vee. Since 12/1/2013, PAR EF-20 in an aspen tree. Made the flagpole mounted on the deck into an antenna on December 2, 2013 and match it with an SGC-230 tuner.
QTH CW receiving conditions: SDR-IQ receiver and CWSkimmer software displayed in portrait mode. SDR-IQ connects to main antennas through a splitter on the RX-OUT jack of the K3. Other output of splitter connects to RX-IN jack on K3. Logging software: DX4WIN
Mobile working conditions: Kenwood TS-480SAT, Hustler antennas.
Field working condtions: Electraft KX-1 transceiver or Yeasu FT817, LiPoly battery, antennas- PAR EF-20,30,or 40, Buddy Pole, PAC12, CQC endfed.
Careers include broadcasting and telecommunications. Better half is Marge; son is Blake and two lovely granddaughters, Angel and Kyra.
Web page: http://www.w0ql.com
Thanks for making it this far. Hope to see you on the bands. 73, Mark
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