G7FEK Limited Space Antenna

Given that I've now wound the balun that I wanted and it's come up pretty well for a first attempt, I've finally started cutting the new antenna. This one appealed to me for a couple of reasons. It's small. It will do 80m, 40m, 30m, 17m, 15m and 12m without an antenna tuner if I cut it … Continue reading G7FEK Limited Space Antenna

L-Match Issues

As mentioned in the previous blog, I had some issues trying to tune my 22m end-fed with the L-match. So, let's do some testing. First let's check for continuity from centre conductor to the active. Given it's switched inductances, it should be a short circuit to DC. Well, that's how this meter displays an open … Continue reading L-Match Issues

2019-08-17,18 RD Contest – Bouddi National Park (VKFF-0049)

The Remembrance Day Contest is one of the biggest contests on the Australia/New Zealand calendar. The only question that I had was where was I going to activate from; keeping in mind that I'm also trying to increase repeat activations in some local parks to go for the Boomerang Award (5 parks with 5activations; consecutive … Continue reading 2019-08-17,18 RD Contest – Bouddi National Park (VKFF-0049)

2019-07-20 Brisbane Water National Park (VKFF-0056) Trans-Tasman Low Band Contest

OK this one is a little late getting typed up. I've been having fun participating in contests so I decided to do the Trans-Tasman Low Band contest last Saturday. I also took the opportunity to make my fifth qualifying activation at Brisbane Water National Park to add it to the list for the Boomerang Award … Continue reading 2019-07-20 Brisbane Water National Park (VKFF-0056) Trans-Tasman Low Band Contest

2019-06-29 Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park (VKFF-0272) and Berowra Valley National Park (VKFF-1162)

I decided I wanted to head south today, so these two parks were the likely two suspects. Unfortunately, as per what seems to be becoming the norm, I left a lot later than I intended so ended up finishing and packing up in the dark Ku-Ring-gai Chase National Park - VKFF-0272 APRS A decent drive … Continue reading 2019-06-29 Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park (VKFF-0272) and Berowra Valley National Park (VKFF-1162)

Gir-um-bit National Park (VKFF-0589) and Port Stephens – Great Lakes Marine Park (VKFF-1410)

Doing my Google Earth research last night I thought I had hit upon the perfect spot to activate both of these parks from, requiring no movement between activations. What I hadn't planned on was rain. That spot above was on a sandy surface around sea level.  It was marshy and swampy; under about half an … Continue reading Gir-um-bit National Park (VKFF-0589) and Port Stephens – Great Lakes Marine Park (VKFF-1410)