Many thanks to all who have read and supported the blog though out 2018 and since it’s inseption. December has been a busy month with a Emcom exercise named “Magpie” held in the Gippsland / Latrobe Valley area on the 10th which was a success. Like any exercise there was plenty of learnings coming out of it. For me one of the projects centred around the Emcom work I do has been a 80M vertical antenna that’s light weight, easily deployable and of course highly effecicient. Can’t say I don’t want much.
Issues around antenna mounting, repeatable VSWR and the elimination of RF back into the radio / pactor modem has been a work in progress for me. With the kind technical assistance and patience from John VK3ZRX who has been mentoring me with this journey I’m hoping to solve the RF issue with in the next few days. I’m sure we’ll feature a blog post early in the new year about my experiences and how I chose to solve it.
Two weekends ago we were able to get away to Lake Eildon, to the large pine plantation property a friend owns and I took the family along for this adventure. On a very hot 33 Deg C. Morning I was able to get a hike in to “Blood Bone Mountain. Which is not really a mountain just a hill behind the main camp site. It takes around 30 minutes to walk up.
I took along the FT-817 and the 20/40m linked Sota Beams Dipole. With plenty of trees available up went the dipole. The bands were quite being a Saturday morning but I was able to check into the 40 M 10.30am smoko net via a replay station in VK7 as the VK5 net controller (not VK5FUZZ) on this day could just hear me as I was QRP 5W. There maybe a chance for some more portable radio play before the new year and were looking forward to it. With some new tyers fitted last week, BF Goodrich K02’s were eager to get off the black top, air down and get away somewhere quite for a few days.
Merry Christmas, have a safe and enjoyable new year celebration and may Santa bring you all the radio equipment you need.