Activity weekend - December 8th and 9th

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G7JTT
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Re: Activity weekend - December 8th and 9th

Post by G7JTT » Sun Dec 09, 2018 4:33 pm

There were some out portable, I only managed a one way with Noel G8GTZ/p at Win Green on 2m. Did manage to hear the St Austell beacon on the new yagi. And yes the weather was awful at times but glad I went out.
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All best John G7JTT

g8gtz
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Re: Activity weekend - December 8th and 9th

Post by g8gtz » Sun Dec 09, 2018 5:19 pm

Yes, I did go out portable to Win Green IO80WX - I generally find that staying at home hoping to hear stations doesn't really work!

Today was probably the windiest (30+ MPH) and therefore coldest conditions I have experienced - I had to keep reminding myself it is December, so it is to be expected!

But it was definitely worth it as I worked Dave G4FRE/P on Clee Hill IO82QJ on both 71MHz and 146MHz - at 160Km this is a new 71MHz record.

I also worked John G7JTT one way on 146MHz and Ken G4BVK in Bristol 2 way on 146MHz.

Hepburn forecast had put a "U" on the map meaning conditions were unstable and that seemed the case as signals levels were quite low from everyone - there was much QSB on the path to Dave and he was not as strong as expected. I had run really high power to make up - hence the rainbow :-)

Still good fun and looking forward to working people over during the week long repeater contest over Christmas or during the January activity weekend.

73
Noel - G8GTZ
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G4FRE
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Re: Activity weekend - December 8th and 9th

Post by G4FRE » Mon Dec 10, 2018 11:12 pm

An interesting outing in the rain and high wind

Had a qso on 4m with Noel in Win Green at 160km for a new distance record. Much QSB, but at the peak Noel could copy my 5Watts into the antenna

4m Equipment was again the portsdown driving a G4DDK Nacton transverter modified from 70/28MHz to 70/437MHz driving a solidstate PA into a 5ele Powabeam at 5m


The antenna was taken down and replaced by my 144MHZ 9 element Tonna. I tried sending to noel but couldnt get any drive out of my Portsdown on 2m which was a surprise as it worked fine on 437MHz to drive the 4m system. Luckily I had brought the Pluto along so i used that to generate a signal which Noel received and we completed my 1st 2M DATV QSO. On receive I used the 2m contest mhp with the HA8ET preamp onboard which supplied enough selectivity to protect the minituner

Dave
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