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PostSubject: 2metre contacts   2metre contacts Icon_minitimeWed Aug 03, 2022 9:22 am

New square last night, 2metre FT8, only a tiny bit of land in this one.
French stations down in this area seemed to be working Es to Scandinavia.
This is a tough direction for me as there are 400feet of Downs in the way.

18:12 UTC F8BON IN86 90Watts to a Create Logperiodic

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PostSubject: Re: 2metre contacts   2metre contacts Icon_minitimeWed Aug 03, 2022 11:15 am

Great stuff there Mike and good to see a 2 metre contact posting going.

I've just set my old Yaesu FT290r back up, made an antenna switch so I can switch over between horizontal and vertical and finishing a digi-mode interface for it. Having a play with an EDZ dipole but now toying with stacking it for a Lazy H.

I may well be adding some contacts to this posting soon. Wink

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PostSubject: Re: 2metre contacts   2metre contacts Icon_minitimeFri Aug 05, 2022 5:39 pm

Give it a  go Victor.
Will be nice to see what you can work.

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PostSubject: Re: 2metre contacts   2metre contacts Icon_minitimeMon Oct 10, 2022 5:36 am

FT8
13:11utc F8BON IN86 450km, not much land in this grid.

Worked Pat before and signals bit dire this time at -18 and -19, not bad
I suppose beaming through 400feet of chalk.

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PostSubject: Re: 2metre contacts   2metre contacts Icon_minitimeMon Oct 10, 2022 5:45 am

Never had a squeak on 2m only contact ft8 that is was with a m8 trying it out.
I am in the shack early morning but lock up around 6pm to 7pm so miss a lot of the night action lol.

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PostSubject: Re: 2metre contacts   2metre contacts Icon_minitimeMon Oct 10, 2022 5:58 am

I normally beam east and most times I can hear some PA, ON and the odd DL under what would be called flat conditions, sigs are in the -17 to -20 range.
If I beam south I can hear close F stations and sometimes ones further down, about middle of France.
I hear quite a few Gs off the side in IO90, 91, 92, sometimes 93 and one or two GWs in 81.
Quite often hear nothing from any where.

Some evenings it appears that there is a lift but nowt on SSB.

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PostSubject: Re: 2metre contacts   2metre contacts Icon_minitimeMon Oct 10, 2022 6:15 am

You really need a horizontal beam Alan but I've picked up a fair bit with my Halo and the new Horizontal EDZ.
(Need to undo my FT290r SSB voice processor mod though as my FT8 signal is un-decodable!)

Worth listening out on the first Wednesday of the month for the RSGB FT8 evening which runs much in the same vein as the SSB first Tuesday :-

https://www.rsgbcc.org/cgi-bin/readcal.pl


All good fun and can't wait to get my backside into gear for some 2m log entries.

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PostSubject: Re: 2metre contacts   2metre contacts Icon_minitimeMon Oct 10, 2022 6:27 am

Wonderful to see some 2m postings 

Only really use 2m from home  for chasing SOTA mainly regions G-NP / SP/ LD and GW-NW , usually just FM but do have the capability for SSB and data modes 

For some reason always manage to work anybody on the Great Orme Llandudno 5/9 lol which is getting on for 90 miles away , must just be a near perfect line of sight 

Craig

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Diamond X6000 tri band mounted on top of the tower above hf yagi 
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PostSubject: Re: 2metre contacts   2metre contacts Icon_minitimeMon Oct 10, 2022 6:43 am

Always love hearing of your SOTA activities Craig. 2metre contacts 1f44d 

Not much goes on down here in the flats though! Wink


My FT290r 2.5 Watts doesn't carry far but the receive is great and although I've been shopping around for VHF/UHF SSB gear it's pretty much thin on the ground. Got to agree with the sentiment regards 2m postings though, always good to see.

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PostSubject: Re: 2metre contacts   2metre contacts Icon_minitimeMon Oct 10, 2022 7:44 am

You have got me thinking now Victor.
I have a rotator under my bench ????????.

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PostSubject: Re: 2metre contacts   2metre contacts Icon_minitimeMon Nov 14, 2022 6:13 am

Yesterday on FT8.
Other stations were working into SM,OH,EU and SP but nowt here.

15:31utc OZ5NJ JO45

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