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UPDATE FEBRUARY, 3rd 2018

​My father EC1CTT recently came home with his new toy: an Elecraft KX2 QRP transceiver and asked if I could make some antenna for it for field day operation. He left this nice radio in the shack and allow me to play with it. What a nice piece of equipment !!!...I can´t wait for the good weather to test it outside. By the way, I made a few qsos on 10 meters cw using my monoband antenna. Battery lasted for about 3 hours running 10 watts...it went a litte bit warm at touch but I really had a lot of fun. So, if you hear me calling EC1CT/qrp I would be using the KX2 for sure....

 

​UPDATE OCTOBER, 16th 2017

​Holiday season for me again. Weather outside is warm for this time of the year so I went backyard and installed an EWE antenna for the low bands. It has 12ft vertical elements and its 43ft long aiming North America. I´m planning to install some kind of reverse switch in the future. So far, the performance seems to be pretty good on 160, good on 80 and ok on 40. Mostly useless over 7 mhz. It has a RPA1 16 db preamplifier from DX engineering inline and it´s feeding with 75 oh. low loss cable. A couple of ground rods under each vertical and copper wire under the horizontal element to improve soil conductivity. Distance from tx antenna is more tha 300ft (as far as I could) and F/B is almost 25db. Installed the 4th elevated radial on the Inverted L as well. I will add some videos as soon as TB season starts to come up (damn poor right now). Here you have some photos:

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                           Feed point                                      End resistor (900 ohmns)

 

Aiming 270 dg. (NA) note the yellow wire between ground rods              Wide view

Here the videos to compare:

 

UPDATE JULY, 24th 2016

​The bike you see on the cover is a hand-made one built by my brother for me. It has my callsign printed as requested...great !!. If you´d like to get more information about this special bike just contact me privately through my email. In an attemp to increase my DXCC numbers on the lower bands, I´m spending part of my holidays improving the inverted L for 160 and the antenna system for 80 meters. I just added a 4th elevated radial on the L and planning to set all of them resonants to equalize the currents using a method described on the Low Band Dxing Book from ON4UN. Unfortunately, this will force me to take all the system down and will have to wait for September. For 80 meters I´ve ordered a SVDA array of Bravo verticals from N6BT (www.n6bt.com). That system turned out to fill more landmark than expected so I had to change my initial plan and put the SVDAs over a very large industrial metal roof instead of down in the garden. As with all vertical polarized antennas, the ground plane underneath is very important. After salt water, probably a 1.300 square/ft.(400 sq/m) of bolded galvanized steel 30 feet above the ground won´t be so far behind. The installation of the array took me about a couple of days of sporadic work. As per Tom N6BT suggestion I installed the array 40 ft appart for best front to back relation and aiming North America. This way the antenna works as a reflector-driven configuration while if I turn it to Asia works as a driver-director. The antenna uses a wire bridge across a coil to switch directions (makes reflector-director shorter or larger electrically) althought I´m planning to install a relay in a future. Tom also recommend to install a high quality current balun (not a voltage balun) so I ordered mine at: http://eb4hra-baluns.blogspot.com.es/. Alberto EB4HRA is a great balun designer and sent me a very special 4Kw. and neat unit (pictures below). As with all short verticals, tunning process is not easy at all. I was expecting for that just by looking at the high quality HiQ coils the antenna brings. I was also expecting for a very narrow bandwidth with just 20 ohmns at feedpoint. My initial intention was to tune the antenna for the cw portion of the band and found a resonance point at 3.546  but accidentally in one of my attempts to try to tune the antenna on 3.530 by moving coils up and down here and there, the antenna resonance point went up till 3.793. There is no place for a real test in July on 80 meters so I let the antenna that way and with a 2:1 bandwidth from 3.810 to 3.785.,saying to myself that would be ok to play with the array the incoming low band season. I got a half wave dipole for 80 hanging at about 70 ft that has give me lot of satisfaction during the last 5 years and it´s heading the same directions (East/West) as the array, so it will be a good antenna to compare with. While signals into Europe seems to be the same in both antennas, I have observed a 12-18 dbs off the back on the SVDAs so system seemst to play well. I will keep you informed here as the Low Band season start to come up. Going with the photos:

EB4HRA BALUN DETAIL - THE HIQ COILS ARE PROTECTED BY THE WHITE ENCLOSURE .

​DRIVER ELEMENT (would have to paint the roof someday...hi)

​SVDA ARRAY AIMING NORTH WEST (NA DIRECTION)...note the high hills on the background!

​THAT´S THE ARRAY AT 3.794...!

 

                                                                                                                - That´s me at 13 with my first CB radio -

UPDATE SEPTEMBER, 7th 2015:

Spent part of my holidays setting up an inverted L for 160, the top band. It´s 60 ft high then 80 ft horizontal slightly sloping to the South. It has 3 elevated radials (N, SE, SW) and probably I will be adding a 4th (NE). All of them are 90 ft long and are located 12 ft high. Resonant point is at 1.830. Balun at feedpoint. I´m doing some test and results seems to be ok but have to experiment another configurations and probably some Shared Apex Loop for reception (not really worried about the noise though). C U in the top band then!

I´m 45 and I´m in the radio hobby since 1986. Previously in CB and finally got my first license which was EC1CWG on 1988.Since June, the 26th 2009 I´m also KD0IGJ. Member ofURE (www.ure.es) and ARRL.My main interest is now radio DXing althought I´m still some steps below the Honor Roll..hi,hi.Having no much time for contesting lately and for long QSOs because I´m managing a company that takes my life 24/7. I enjoy the low bands specially during the long/cold winter nights. You can find me anywhere from 1.8 to 432 Mhz on ssb, cw or rtty but due to the lack of free time mentioned before you will hardly hear me calling cq on the bands however I´m lucky enough to have the shack in my office and for this reason my radios are on 16 hours a day (including the weekends) monitoring the bands. I am a memberof the Kilo Radio DX Group.                                                                                                             

   

 

My other passion is flying. I´m holding a Private Pilot License (PPL) with more than1.500 hours. Have flown several aircrafts as Cessna 150, 172, Piper PA28 Cherokee or Socata TB21 Trinidad. I got experience with ultralight aircraft too as the Rans S12, Zenair XLs or Skyrangers. I´m also member of the Flying Hams Group (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Flying_Hams/)

 - Me at 22 with my loved Drake TR7 line -

I have started to improve one of my towers and will be active on 6 meters soon with a new Eagle 6M6 antenna and a FT897D specially dedicated for that band. For HF I have a FT1000MP Mark V Field (fully loaded with YAESU and INRAD filters, Roofing filter and modifications including a third PMSDR receiver using mainly as panadapter), an Icom 751, a PR40 microphone with W2IHY audio chain,an Acom 2000A amplifier and an Optibeam OB10-3W 10 elements antenna with a rotative dipole AE40 above for 40 meters and long wires for the lower bands.Have a separate 5 elements HyGain 105CA + FT897D and an amplifier Expert 1.3K-FA. For VHF I have a Yaesu FT7800, a Mirage B310G amplifier a Diamond Vertical and a 5 elements LFA from EAntennas. I have also some boatanchors here as a Drake TR4Cw line and a Swan 350D + Swan 1200Z amplifier both fully restored and on service.

 - Craig, K9CT and me at the Hamvention, 2012 -

- In front of the Drake factory, Miamisburg OH, 2012 -

On Summer time, 2013 ended a project that started a year ago. Put up a fourth 60ft tower with a tram system and a SteppIR DB32 antenna. You can see some pictures here:

 

 

I´m really starting to have serious problems to answer my QSL cards. Not to mention to handle thousand of them in a very limited space as my office is. I have bought a new printer to try to make this job easier but I´m really backlogged on this matter. If you are one of the hundread people waiting for my QSL I would ask you to be patient. If you´re in a hurry, I´d ask you to subscribe to Logbook of the World (LOTW: http://www.arrl.org/lotw/) as I upload my logs there most every week.Not being a big fan of the EQSL system, you can also get my qsl there. If you rather to send your qsl direct you don´t have to send any sase, dollar, irc or euros for a reply but please assume that your direct response would take its TIME to be answered. Don´t take me wrong, I´m still loving the old time paper QSLs but I really love how LOTW works and it´s my favourite method of qsling right now and I´m contributing to save the planet too!!...73s!

Links:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNhBZn1MFMk&list=UUhGmfDKOzeqIK8SB7mVMAUg

(This is a video of an aerial view of my antenna farm, A BIG THANKS TO my friend EA1DR Oscar Luis for made it possible)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5XmYkx7TYM

http://www.youtube.com/user/ec1ct

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_0Ni5U_qDo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_wAM_8V2Us

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OpYYPPEpys

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKqO7duvcdU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ny-BWQY06bg

 

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    20 Meters Mixed
    30 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
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    80 Meters Mixed
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