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I worked K0GZL
Spearfish, South Dakota using my 20m dipole clipped to the EXIT
sign and up and down the 2nd floor hallway
inside my heavily-rebar'd building and got a 599! Then QSB hit and I
I had a nice long PSK31 QSO on 14.07015 with W7NAT
Nate in Salem, OR who
gave me a 579 on the 20m flagpole dipole. It got cold (45F) and dark
and I had to go QRT.
Report on 10 days QRP operating in Maui, HI
I have just finished 10 days of operating as KH6/WA5ZNU in Kahana on
Maui, Hawaii, grid BL10. Contrary to reports I had read
I found QRP HF operation in Hawaii to be easy and fun.
I brought my Yaesu FT-817+Z11 tuner, a PSKMeter, and two laptops: a
73 Mhz Sony Vaio running Linux and a 233Mhz Toshiba Libretto running
Win98, a balun, coax, and 166 feet of wire.
The condo was an end uint second and third floor over a sloping
hillside 150' from the ocean with two lanai displaced horizontally on
both floors oceanside.
I tried two different antennas in three different
- A 100' loop around both 3rd and 2nd floor lanai with a 45 degree
angle between the upper and lower suares at 3rd and 2dn floor level, fed
directly with coax (no 4:1 balun as I don't have one). This antenna
worked but did not pick up as much as #2 and there wasn't enough room to
do the 136' necessary to be 2 wavelengths on 20m so I abandoned
- An 34' inverted L with one leg dangling down the side of the
building to about 6' off the ground and the other across the 3rd-floor
wooden semi-awning over the lanai, with 3' of it angled 90 degrees
horizontally. I was able to work 3D2AA (first ham from Rotuma,
operating from Lautoka, Fiji) and JH1BZJ with this antenna.
- When I figured out that the condo next door was under construction,
I turned the antenna into a 20m dipole but moving the balun to the post
between the rooms and extending the legs across the tops of both lanais,
and suspending the wires with nylon rope. The balun was shielded from
view by the u-shaped column, and was mostly invisible. A little black
tape would have taken care of the slight glint you could see from the
parking lot, but since it was invisible from the pool and beach anyway I
didn't bother. I was able to work FK8GX in New Caledonia, JM7OLW in
Japan, WA6OVP in Nevada, ZL2AUJ in New Zealand, and a variety of other
US West Coast and midwest stations. I *heard* plenty of Russia,
Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Australia, and one early
evening even got a QRZ out of a ham in Spain! As for local HF, I heard
some folks on Kauai on the KH6/KL7 HF SSB spectrum around 7.090 but
didn't break in as they were coordinating maintenance of their
inter-island linked 2M/70cm repeater system.
- The last day the condo maintenance finished and I dropped the other
leg od the antenna down at a 45 degree angle to make a inverted-L-V,
which didn't work as well but I did hear 3D2AA again and worked JA4BPI
and got 579.
I am looking forward to trying my salt-weathered dipole again.
I am now QRT in KH6, my last contact last night having been JA4BPI Tad
from Kurashiki-shi Okayama-ken, Japan. He gave me a 579 on my 20m
combination inverted-L-V on 15 meters BPSK31 (the construction ended
next door so I had to take down the half of the dipole I had strung up
Just before 9pm HST I heard a VK4 and a VK6 in Australia having a
long QSO, 100% copy both sides.
I called CQ and someone very strong answered but I couldn't get phase
lock, even though I turned off the preamp and used the attenuator. I
did QRZ but same story, and I guess he gave up. A few mimutes later I
- posted by Leigh @ 07:22 z 0 comments
Around 6pm HST we got back from our whirlwind tour of Makawao, Paia,
and the 'Iao Needle and just as the sun was setting I turned on the '817
and heard 3 or 4 stations on 20m and one on 15m. I answered a W0, and a
Brazillian station, but no response.
Then I heard ZL2AUJ
Dave who answered me from Wellington, New Zealand and said he was
running 10 watts into end end-fed long-wire. I got 80% copy dipping to
50% at one time, and we had a nice long QSO. Just at the end, the local
power went out, but the laptop and '817 kept on, though it switched to
2.5W automatically (wish it wouldn't do that) and he still heard me.
Today at around 0800z I heard WA6OVP Tom in Sparks, NV
but not as strongly as before, when he was 599+. I answered his CQ and
we had a short QSO but he never got my call.
Right afterwards I heard N7EL Elmer in Flagstaff, AZ
calling me, but by the time I called him back, the band faded and I had
to go eat breakfast.
While unhooking my antenna I saw a beautiful rainbow (will add
picture later) and so the early morning ended well.
I got a qRZ out of
in Bataan, but
no QSO. Heard JM7OLW again around 11:00 HST but had to run.
In Maui, Hawaii using PSK31 into a 20M dipole on the roof of the condo.
Stations I worked so far on 14.070 PSK31
Aisea (the only
PSK31 op in 3D2) in Lautoka, Fiji.
- JH1BZJ Jun in Ibaraki-KEN, Japan.
Michel in New
Caledonia, all above on LinPSK 0.7.1 on 733 MHz Sony Vaio with Griffin
Fukushima, Japan -- 599+ with his 300W into 3-el beam on a 35M tower,
and he said I was the only signal in the band and answered my tune-up ID
for WinPSK on the Toshiba Libretto, which I switched to because the switching power supply for the Vaio generates way too much hash noise.
I went to the PAARA
show-and-tell night and showed my PSKMeter software for Linux, and
talked about plans for a client-server PSK31 system, with a ui-free back
end, a protocol, and a UI front end such as a Java applet. The
bandwidth requirements would be low. I demonstrated what it would look
like, using VNC on a Hiptop over GPRS talking to my laptop at home,
which is running LinPSK talking to my Yaesu FT-817.
The PSKMeter software is at http://www.wa5znu.org/pskmeter
and I've been sending it to George Rothbart and he's sent me some helpful feedback and suggestions.