After not being active on 6cm since 2014, I was really pleased to be able to
make a re appearance on the band in the Dubus REF contest.
The equipment is basically the same as I had in 2014, except for the feed -
I built my own scaled down version of N2UO's septum feed. Running approx.
40W at the feed of my 5.4m dish, and 0.5dB lna.
In the last few days before the contest, I finally finished my feedbox, but
was unable to get it mounted on the dish for the start of the contest. I
spent most of the day on Saturday making temporary attachments for the
feedbox and finally got it attached to the feed support frame at 1700z and
made my 1st QSO at 17:38 with UA3PTW.
Fortunately the wind was light over the weekend, as my azimuth drive has
approx. 1 deg of backlash, so keeping it on the Moon could have been a lot
harder. I'm going to have to fix this sometime soon.
I found my echoes and most signals to be weaker than I remember from 2014,
but decided to leave the finding out why till later.
After checking the position of the front of my 9cm feed in comparison to my
6cm feed, I am convinced that my 6cm feed is 10 to 15mm too far out from the
dish. I didn't have chance to check Sun or Moon noise, so have to do before
and after checks when I refocus the feed.
Despite all of that, I was really pleased to make 25 QSO's and 10 Initials
in the contest.
UA3PTW #42, SM6PGP, ES5PC, G4NNS, OK1KIR, SA6BUN #43, HB9Q #44, PA3DZL,
VE6TA, VE4MA, KL6M #45, K2UYH, VK3NX,
UR5LX #46, OH2DG, DB6NT #47, PA0BAT, OZ1LPR #48, G3LTF, SM6CKU, OK1DFC #49,
DF3RU #50, W5LUA, 9A5AA, VE6BGT #51.
Gotaways were: WA6PY, JA6XED and JA1WQF. there were probably more from
earlier on Saturday.
I also made JT4F QSO's with OK1DFC -12/-17 JT#2 and VE4MA -13/-15 JT#3
My feed is still in the dish until the weekend, so if anyone wants to try
with me then please email me.
Best 73 and many thanks to all for the QSO's
Hello- Curious if anyone has any knowledge of the outdoor life span of the Andrew fire retardant jacketed heliax cables? I have a spool of the LDF4RN-50A with a gray colored jacket. I read that Andrew specified a 10 year outdoor lifespan for this cable jacket. Was curious if anyone has any direct knowledge of the long term outcome of outdoor use of this gray colored jacket on a heliax cable?Thanks,Byron W5FH
there has been some discussion on the UMC404HD sound card, on this
reflector, so I thought I would add to the knowledge base.
I have been revisiting Linrad, and have been driving myself mad with it
as usual hi hi, but I discovered , mainly because I had an intermittent
fault in one of the leads from the IQ+ that the sound card is MUCH
better driven into the INSERT connectors, which are much closer to the
ADC's. With my setup now the stability is much higher, the leads are in
the back of the box and my levels are all very similar, but there is an
utility to adjust gains etc. if you need it. Be aware however , if you
want to try this, that the connection is RING/ SLEEVE, not the usual tip
/ sleeve. GL and see you on the moon 73 Dave ZL2MQ
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Signals were pretty good this weekend and everything worked OK. Unfortunately I am not able to point the 4m dish before 106 degs in AZ, so I guess I missed VK3NX and some JA’s. Anyway, 25 stations were worked in this order: SA6BUN, OK1KIR, PA3DZL, DB6NT, JA1WQF, PA0BAT, ES5PC, G3LTF, OH2DG, OZ1LPR, UR5LX, OK1DFC, VE4MA, W5LUA, K2UYH, UA3PTW, G4NNS, HB9Q, 9A5AA, DF3RU, G4CCH, SM6PGP, WA6PY, KL6M and LX1DB. All stations heard were worked, but no initials. I hope to get on 3cm next weekend even if my output power was measured by Hannes SM6PGP to 13 watts and I am still CP.
73 de Ben – SM6CKU
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Hello EME friends,
Nice conditions on 6cm this weekend. The WX was also very nice here in PA.
Almost all the CW signals were very easy copy.
Strongest CW signals were from: HB9Q, SA6BUN, W5LUA and VE6BGT
Very nice SSB signals from DB6NT, PAØBAT and DF3RU.
Unfortunately i could not get the attention of JA6XED and WA9FWD.
Score: 28 QSOs and 4 initials
I worked: UA3PTW, OH2DG, VK3NX, HB9Q, KL6M #71 on my moonrise !! , SA6BUN #72, JA1WQF, OK1DFC,
OK1KIR, UR5LX, DB6NT #73, ES5PC, OZ1LPR, SM6CKU, G3LTF, PAØBAT, G4NNS, DF3RU,
VE4MA, W5LUA, VE6BGT #74, VE6TA, K2UYH, WA6PY, G4CCH, 9A5AA, LX1DB and SM6PGP.
Heard KL6M also during my moonset, very funny!!
I am not an initial because i moved to a new QTH in the same GRID: JO21
I wish you all good health and hope to meet many of you again next weekend on 3cm off the moon.
73s de Jac, PA3DZL
Grid = JO21JS
Conditions and weather were both excellent for once this year and I worked OK1KIR, SA6BUN, OZ1LPR, PA3DZL,#88 ES5PC, DB6NT, PA0BAT, UR5LX, SM6CKU, OH2DG, UA3PTW, G4NNS, HB9Q, SM6PGP, F5IGK , DF3RU, VE4MA,OK1DFC, VE6BGT, WA6PY, W5LUA, VE6TA, JA1WQF, VK3NX, G4CCH, JA6XED #89, 9A5AA, K2UYH and LX1DB. A total of 30 stations plus SP6GWN CWNR , 25% up on last year’s total. There was no wind at all so the 6m dish tracked really well. Sun noise measured 15.1dB with SF69 and moon noise 1.3-1.4dB. It was good to see so much activity and some really loud signals, VE6BGT and SA6BUN being recent additions in that group.
Thanks to all for the really great random CW QSOs,
73 Peter G3LTF
Hi all. Hope all are safe and healthy.
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