80m operation

Today I rebuilt antenna set-up. 160m is no more on the air. The same mast is now used for 80m. Measurements show good SWR on FT8 part of the band. Please notice that I will use Fox/Hound mode on 3569 kHz.

Probably I will make attempt for little SSB operation around 3605 as SWR there is acceptable.

Mostly I will be on 80m about 11:00 – 13:00 UTC and 18:00 – 19:30 UTC.

Antenna aventure

I had antenna exercise. During my work 160m antenna current melted plastic cord carrier and all wire went to ground at night. Strange , but SWR showed 1:1.2 and I operated of course without succes. It was in the night and I dicscovered damage in the next morning.

By the way of fixing 160m I changed configuration of 30/40m. Now I have single vertical for this both bands.

Time for 160m

As I am operating all amateur bands , there is no much time to check 160m. However I will try to be there about 11-12 UTC and again during my sunrise time – about 18:10 UTC. Maybe not every day but you must be patient and monitor frequency. About 11 UTC I will transmit on 1840 kHz and at sunrise I will try to be on 1836 kHz.

Timetable

First of all I will try to put up Spiderbeam 20-17-15-12-10m.

Then 2 element vertical for 40m will be mounted.

After about 15 days I will add 160m inverted L antenna and change 40m verticals for similar 30m vertical beam.

After another month or so I will change 160m to 80m inverted L.

Before CQ WW WPX SSB Contest I will change back 30m to 40m vertical beam to make all band effort in the contest.

Those are plans. What real situation will show….We will see….