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22 Meter Band HiFER Beacons / 450 ohm ladder line
« on: September 15, 2018, 1343 UTC »
I posted this on the LWCA message board as well...

Currently on my antenna, I'm using a an inverted-V fed with good coax. However, as with almost all coax, there is some LPF (loss per foot), and with a 4mw output, that could result in pretty substantial loss at the end.
The transmitter is approximately 50 feet or so from the antenna at this time, and will remain at that distance with the new setup, however, I am looking to use 450 ohm ladder-line as opposed to traditional coax.

Is anyone else using this method, and if so, what kind of improvement in signal (if any is to be had) are they noticing?


I'm curious if the band has just not been behaving well or if I truly am not getting out as well as I had hoped?
20 meters hasn't been great for me lately either, so I suppose my beacon probably is just fighting conditions as they are?

Which SDR do you recommend for 22 meters, Ed?

I will at some point move my transmitter to a different frequency, but as of right now I am at 13.561.6. I do hear the qrm at 560-561 at my end but from 553 to 559.3 and 561.5 to about 566 ia usually pretty good for me when listening on both my 80m ocf and 30 m dipoles!

22 Meter Band HiFER Beacons / Re: antenna update
« on: September 05, 2018, 0314 UTC »
Thanks for the reply!

Yeah, i've checked the connections...it's more of an irritation than anything else as i'm a stickler for SWR.

Incidently, this antenna is a proving to be a workhorse, and will be the backbone of the station for a little while at least.    Before the end of fall, I'll make room on my dipole farm for yet another haha

I'm having -almost- as much fun with this as I am with 30 meters.

73 and all the best!!


22 Meter Band HiFER Beacons / antenna update
« on: September 05, 2018, 0127 UTC »
This has been the first full day of transmitting for the DNU beacon and I am proud to say it has been running well!

However, the inverted V that I built has been giving me a tough time when getting swr measurements as it does not stay consistent throughout the day. This morning it was 1.5:1, this afternoon it was close to 4:1, then later in the evening it was back down to around 1.7:1.

Not certain what's causing it, I will continue to keep an eye on it. The comet analyzer i'm using probably isn't lying to me.   

Anyway, i'm very much looking forward to any reports people may have about the signal. 73 for now!


22 Meter Band HiFER Beacons / Re: DNU hifer beacon
« on: September 05, 2018, 0018 UTC »
Hey ed!

I was listening all day and heard absolutely nothing hihi

If I ever do hear yours I will certainly qsl!

I will be re-working the antenna over the course of the week...i'm on a small city lot in a very urban area and the dipoles are taking over!!

All the best, 73


Shortwave Pirate / Re: Relay Station 6880 AM 1631 UTC 4 Sep 2018
« on: September 04, 2018, 2014 UTC »
Thanks! Good wealth of information here to tap into!

Shortwave Pirate / Re: Relay Station 6880 AM 1631 UTC 4 Sep 2018
« on: September 04, 2018, 1920 UTC »
S5 to S6 in NW Ohio. A bit of fading, but overall fairly steady.

22 Meter Band HiFER Beacons / DNU hifer beacon
« on: September 03, 2018, 1926 UTC »
Good afternoon! I finally assembled the amazing Black Cat Systems 22 m beacon and have officially placed it on the air as of 16:24 utc, 09-03-18

The frequency is approx 13.561.6 and the callsign is the suffix of my amateur call, DNU.

I will be attempting to keep this on as full time as possible.

I would love sone paper qsl reports, but digital is FB as well.

73, Adam.

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