For a short time we deployed a full size 5 (or was it 6?) element 20m yagi atop the 72 ft crank up. This thing was a challenge to keep in the air. The boom was something like 35 ft long! I remember once receiving a 59 signal report from VK land using a 2 watt DSB rig hi. In the end we replaced this monster with a more manageable TH6 antenna. This antenna is still in the air today and probably works FB.
Paul has also deployed a FB TopBand vertical and has participated in a number of Topband contests at QRP level. The radials stretching out into the surrounding woods.
About 2 years ago the tower and rotor were struck by lightning. This also started a small fire in the small shack that Paul and I built at the base. So the shack and the whole antenna system are in need of a complete overhaul. This will be my summer outdoor job for sure.
This morning was like old times. I set up my portable rig under the lovely trees. It was a nice cool morning with a gentle breeze blowing. I launched my trusty, well travelled, end fed halfwave 40m wire into a tree. The 6ft counterpoise was thrown on the ground and my Norcal 40A 1.5 Watt rig was fired up. I was in business! The band was quiet with very few stations on the air. I enjoyed two nice contacts. One with om Marc W4MPS in Clayton NC 599(S)559(R) and NM1I om Butch in MA 559/559. Butch was using 5 Watts. Lovely to have a 2XQRP contact.
It is nice to be back home and taking up where we left it, 3 years ago, before going to South Africa. I do look forward to getting the site QRV and to erecting some nice gain antennas. Especially for my favorite band 40m CW. One of my major aims will be to make a QRP QSO with my good ham friends back in ZS Land.
I plan to keep my blog updated as progress is made on this project. Thanks for reading. 72 de Dick N4HAY.
|N4HAY/QRP/P at the farm of AA4XX. Temp about 75F.|
|A view of the shack and tower + TH6DXX. Work needed!|
|All American! My new Dodge Ram 1500 Supercrew 2WD. 390HP V8. Not QRP!|