I have had this bad boy sitting in a box for a while now. Unused and unloved. Well up until a few weeks ago I could not use it into anything but a dummy load because my old license restrictions did not allow me to transmit with anything other than a commercially manufactured transmitter. And being a good little boy, I had actually followed that rule.
So anyone, in box 1 we have a pixie, in box 2 we have an iambic keyer and the key is a Begali. I plan to fire it up tonight and see if i can get picked up anywhere on RBN, hear myself on a VK2 Kiwi SDR or even make a contact with a mate of mine who lives in VK3. RBN will be doable, VK4CT is just up the hill from me and I should be able to get a report from him at least.
Wish me luck.
Well they say 15m is dead. And it probably is in other modes, but in FT8 its firing quite nicely. I am receiving plenty of stations and being heard by some of them. I even popped my cherry and had my first FT8 contact. So with that out of the way, i proceeded to work a bunch of other stations also. Its been a while since i worked any dx of any kind, so to get a few in the log on 15m is nice.
The map below is my receive map. Asia, the middle east and Europe all being received.
The transmit map is not as great, but that is to be expected, I am running low power into a dipole, so cannot expect to be heard like a big gun, but I am getting out and making a few contacts. I am still a bit iffy when it comes to FT8 procedure, i need to read the manual and make sure i am doing it right. But hey, if i can start working some all new ones, or getting confirms on places i have had contacts with already, I might end up with that DXCC on 15m that i only need about 20 confirms for HAHAHAHA.
Well doing 20m with a 40m dipole was never going to be very successful, but I went and did it anyway until the stormed rolled on through last night as i shut it all down. The plan ATM is to buy a tri band rotatable dipole from TETemtron, and put up a 10m mast in the backyard to mount it and a light duty rotator on. But that is going to have to wait a few weeks as I just bought a new car and am broke. LOL.
20m TX map with 5w ish.
20m receive map.
I am hearing more than I am being heard. Which is usually the opposite of what normally happens for me, where I am heard but hear bugger all because of local noise. When i get a 20m antenna up next week i will give 20m the 24hour treatment and see what I can produce.