The wx was kind to me yesterday after the weekend’s deluge and manged to get outside for some antenna rigging – my pulley system let me down, the loop (which proved too long) must have jammed over the top of the pole and required some ladder work to free it – that done we were clear to erect.
My intention was to have both dipole AND end fed together however this proved awkward and so just replaced the dipole.
First impressions are positive, starting from 80m –> up managed to find tuning points for all the bands except 12 and 10m which seemed rather flat, however I will return to those later – 40m did not tune as well as I’d hoped but with careful tuning had very good matching on 80/30/20/17/15 meter bands, 40m IS around 1.2:1 – all this with the manual tuner – the auto atu built into the rig would not tune on 40 either but I’m basically happy having gained three bands .
I scanned across all bands and there was plenty of activity, not sure if it was just conditions yesterday afternoon but noticed quite a few US stations plus a couple of JA’s and VE’s – still early days yet and I would like to perform some more test’s here before I’m really sure.
This morning I took a quick look on 40m and the noise level had dropped off from last night (80m was the same) and did notice close EU stations were up in strength, but that‘s possibly due to my re-orientating the antennas position.