Beverage 3

A new Beverage designated in my plans as B3 is now in operation.  The antenna is a two wire design 320 meters long, with the DXEngineering reversible Beverage system giving two directions either switchable or simultaneously. This shows the pattern on 160M.   This is the pattern on 80M:

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160M 24 October 2008 – Incredible conditions

I have been hearing VK9DWX in Willis Island near Australia, with fairly good signals for several afternoons.   I have called and called and it appears that the DXpedition had severe receiving problems with S9 Plus noise. This afternoon, they were stronger than ever, a real 589 signal and I dropped my call three times […]

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160M 10. Oct. 2008

I heard VK3LZ with reasonable signals for a while but not well enough for a QSO. Seven JA stations made it into the log: JN4MIV, JQ2VVH, JA7ZP, JA7QVI, JQ3DUE, JH2RMU and JA8ISU. JJ2LPV, JH0INP, JA9KRO and JE7JDL were heard and responded to, but did not make it into the log. This is a recording of […]

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First !! QSO TF/VK on 160M

First QSO in history between Australia and Iceland on 160M   I worked VK6GX at his sunrise on 160M CW.   This is the first time a contact is made between Australia and Iceland on Top Band. You may listen to the QSO in this recording. audio Keying errors are due to my excitement…

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Communications Spacers

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JA Pileup on 160M !

Last night was very exciting.  I called CQ on a rather noisy band around sunrise in Japan. The result was QSOs with  JF2MBF, JA0DAI, JE6IGP, JA2FJP, JA3FYC, JA9AVA, JA3KZR, JQ2VVH in a period of 12 minutes. audio

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Top Band Season 2008/2009

The Top Band season has begun! I started to hear JA7NI calling CQ on Top Band around 1800z.  At this time there is still daylight at my location.  Despite numerous attempts to raise him, I have not been successful – perhaps he is listening to another direction at this time. I have called CQ myself on […]

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