High Frequency, Very High Frequency, Ultra High Frequency
Posted by N6DTE on March 29 2017 09:33:47
Well, then. It's been a while. And I've talked to people. People who may even find themselves here! So I'd better get moving with some content! So many things to write about about!

First thing's first. I've got a new rig. The Yaesu FT-857D. For a very good price. (shoutout to K6ZWA) The world's smallest all-band all-mode mobile transceiver! Installed at the home QTH the same day as purchased, and set a 40m dipole up the next! Up in time for CQWW! Contacted as far as Japan! Slept like a baby that night.

This setup had me happy for about two weeks. 40m is dead for me at night. I tuned down to 80m, and I could hear tons of activity in the night hours! But I couldn't resonate. I'm limited to an 89' run for my dipole, and the minimum length for most trapped 80m dipoles is 105'. What was I to do? After some thought, and questions around the local repeater network, (shoutout to W6DXW) I decided that I was going to add some wire in a roughly 'C' shape.

Two 33' additions later, the wait for dark is on. Click below to read more!

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Of course, in the meantime, I make sure I'm able to get a good SWR. Using my YT-100, I get a 1.5:1 match across the band. Sweet! I'm in.

After what seems like an eternity, night time finally rolls around. I tune around. I hear a couple fellows talking, and I wait for a pause. I call out, "Can anyone hear me, N6DTE." The response was immediate! And for the next hour, I had a QSO with a couple fellows, one in Medford, OR, and the other in the North Bay here in California, like they were in the room with me. I had a lot of fun. Another fellow from Manteca, CA joined in.

So far, in my HF experiences, usually the band fades and this facilitates the end of of a QSO. Well not so this evening, the conditions were seemingly gangbusters, as I didn't even have a hiccup our whole time, and I finally came up with an excuse to duck out!

So on that note, I think I've typed out just about enough for one day... In conclusion, I've finally been putting this general ticket to some good use and been getting a lot of enjoyment out of the hobby as a new ham. I'm off to send out a couple of QSL cards. 73, So long.