Sunday, April 26, 2015

Hex is back and working.

Yes.... it was hard work to fix it but it all went without any problems and surprises.

First I had to repair the three broken rods by ramming 19 mm stainless tube in:


Aluminium parts are repainted:

During the rainy weekend I've manufactured the new set of wires. Long slow process and almost 60 m of wire.



Early this morning (nice and sunny and only light breeze) I've carried all the gear to the roof and started the assembly:






Had to use PVC tube for the P-clamp insulator, because the original rubber perished:




The Hex is taking shape:



Here it is:



Most amazing was that all bands have low SWR and I did not have any problems during the process.

73
P

Monday, April 20, 2015

The Hex is destroyed.

The wind was simply too strong.


Storm in Sydney.

It is 20:34 and the wind is rattling the building and the antenna.


Please note the 104  km/h wind gust.  I'm sure that is the highest wind gusts I've ever experienced from this QTH.

Ouch.

73
p

Friday, April 17, 2015

Managed to work DX0P on SSB Pagasa island in Spratleys.

On their first day:


Working simplex... "kinda" hard.

Thanks guys... good signals in Sydney.

73
P

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Easter 2015 camping near Murrumbidgee and playing radio.

As most Easter breaks in the past few years I've joined our camping group for the annual trip.  Heidi "the lucky/unlucky is currently in Mexico".  So it was solo for me.

Our little van plus folding hex antenna and G5RV.  I'm still amazed by the difference in QRN and QRM in Sydney and in the bush... Just can't compare.


My little Elecraft KX3, PX3 and KXPA100 got some good workout.  I even worked couple of pileups of DX expeditions.  It is a good setup and very versatile radio.


There  is no phone coverage in the area that means no internet... However I was able to link with the Pactor magic and receive and send email (however slow it was).


Airmail running on a little secondhand laptop.


Morning at the Murrumbidgee.

73
P