Monday, March 8, 2010

Nigeria

Another video of the Falcon Out 250B HF antenna. I worked this morning 5N5ØEAM with 10 watts SSB. Number 76 DXCC QRP. The sun let us down. Conditions are very poor today.

11 comments:

  1. That vertical really looks good, Paul. What sort of radial system do you have. I worked a Nigeria station last summer but don't remember his call. Maybe I'll get a QSL...in a few years.

    The solar flux is right back where it it was in December. End of cycle? Who knows.

    73
    Dick

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  2. Hi Dick: The antenna doesn't have radials. But maybe I place radials for 6 meter. Indeed, we are in he lower part of the cycle, but I think it will go up again soon. 73 Paul

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  3. What is attractive about this antenna is the low profile. I am always interested in stuff that should allow me to operate without attracting too much attention. The problem adding raised radials / ground plane, the visual impact is increased tenfold.
    Paul, I am impressed how well it seems to be working for you. I have read so many mixed reviews of this type of antenna, it is good to speak to someone actually using one.

    You also mentioned in another post you have a MFJ 925 ATU. Do you connect that to the FT-450? I have been looking for a good but affordable external Auto ATU for the radio. How do you rate this one?

    I hope you don't mind the questions!

    73

    André

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  4. Hello Andre, I will publish my experiences with this antenna, especially when conditions are good again. My first impression is: it works. Yes I have between my antennas and the FT-450 the MFJ 925 ATU. And I am very pleased with it. It's a automatic tuner and simple in use. I can bring all frequencies with a SWR below 1,5:1 with this tuner. Except on 6 meter, there is my SWR (build in ft450) 2,5:1 (3:1) but strangely enough the power output stays the same. No RF foldback. So no problem, I think. 73 Paul

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  5. Evening Paul,

    Can I ask, was your 5N contact with your new vertical antenna? and what band was it on? This contact is extremely impressive at 10 watts SSB at this point of the solar cycle.

    I agree with Andre in that the low-profile of the antenna is an excellent feature.

    Bye for now, Adam

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  6. Hello Adam, sorry I forgot to mention it. This QSO was made with my new vertical and on 20 meter band. 73 Paul

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  7. What about bad propagation???
    I just worked VE3DJX (2100 UTC)
    My first Canadian with 2 Watt's CW. Can't remember having so much fun while wearing cloth.....hi

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  8. Hi Wally, I put off the rig too early. The whole day signals were poor. Last night Dick worked OH2BAD from the USA with QRP. Sometimes there are nice surprises when the band open up suddenly. But I can understand you are happy with this nice catch. Congrats! 73 Paul

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  9. Hi Paul. Just want to congratulate Wally PA3BTT for his great 2 watt QSO with VE3DJX. I looked up his call sign on QRZ and noted the photo and info there. I do admire amateurs who subscribe to minimalist radio operation.

    Good work Wally and 73
    Dick

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  10. I hope that Paul will forgive me using his space to say thank you to Dick...

    Dick, thank you.....

    Paul, tks fer letting me use this space....;-)
    72/73 Wally

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  11. Hi Wally: It's all for free... your welcome. Hoe meer zielen hoe meer vreugd. ;-) 73 Paul

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