We have warning of coming storm with wind exceeding 80 km/h. It will be on Monday. I hope my antennas will survive…
Liquor store is closed. Clear-headed society will protect us from storm. Police is patroling roads. Serious matter…
IT WAS VERY, VERY UNPLEASENT EXPIRIENCE BUT WE (me and antennas) ARE MOSTLY OK…
Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology:
Tropical Cyclone Gretel has now formed as a category 1 cyclone over the Coral Sea and will continue to intensify as it moves southeast towards Norfolk Island during Sunday and Monday.
TC Gretel is forecast impact Norfolk Island on Monday. Its centre is expected to pass within a few hundred kilometres to the north and east of the Island Monday morning and afternoon, with an intensity equivalent to a category 2 system, even if it does lose some of its tropical characteristics. The system is then expected to transition into an ex-Tropical Cyclone as it tracks to the north of New Zealand on Tuesday.
GALE FORCE WINDS, and DAMAGING SURF with significant coastal and beach erosion, are LIKELY to develop from late Sunday or early Monday. If the system take a more southerly path, winds may reach STORM FORCE in strength, with DESTRUCTIVE wind gusts in excess of 125 km/h possible. HEAVY RAINFALL leading to flash flooding is also possible during Monday.
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.