Looking at the pictures you can imagine why Jim VK9NS settled here…
Ron – AA4VK ( VK9NN) and Will – AA4NC (VK9NR) made stop on Norfolk Island during their Pacific islands tour to make inspection of my (VK9NK) setup.
Because my Spiderbeam is not very high I lose signals coming with low angles. I mounted new vertical for 20m. It will allow not only low angles but also long path to Europe. So, if you are in Spain, Great Britain or Portugal you can choose short or long path.
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.
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.
- LEARN how to use Fox/Hound mode. When pile-up is bigger I change to F/H mode.
- NEVER call me on my transmit frequency.
- Probably it is better to call me in normal mode from 2500 – 3500 Hz . There is not so much QRM on that part of the band and I use wide filter.
I will participate in WPX RTTY Contest during weekend 8-9 February . If you need Norfolk Island on RTTY please call me.