Another busy day for the postman. Luckly E21EJC's mail came in today. He had forgotten to write the address on the envelope, but since I informed the post office about it they traced it down and were able to deliver it.
The postman had it busy on his first delivery after Chinese New Year: four QSL cards in the mail.
Some time to get on the birds today:
SO50: worked JR6DI, JS6DRQ and JA4GVA
CAS-4B: worked new one JS6TMW and JA4FVC
CAS-4A: worked JS6TMW again.
First Taiwanese sat QSO confirmed with a card.
Not much telemetry, but strong signals from Strand-1. Gotcha!
Two new ones for the Gotcha! list: 1Kuns-FP and Innosat-2.
New one for the Gotcha! list: CP-7 (DAVE).
Found the reason why the SWR of the new LFA 2 meter yagi was so bad....
Made in China and it didn't last a year. Will have to buy from RS next time.
But everything is fine now. SWR up in the mast 1:1.1, down in the shack 1:1.2. Tried EO-88 at night, but nobody around. Still good signals until almost the horizon. Worked AO-92 at around 10 at night and heard and worked BU2EP and JR6DI. Signals peaked at 30 dB over noise and got 56 DUV frames in, so the new antenna is definitely working better than the old one. I already detect an itch to build a 70 cm version as well.
Sunny and not too warm, but most important: no wind. So I put the newly build 2 meter LFA yagi in the tower today, which didn't go smoothly at all. Will have to rething how I mount the cross boom, because it doesn't slide well in the U-bolts. On top of that when I tried the new antenna in the shack I got an SWR of 1:2.4. I suspect a loose N-socket, so will have to investigate tomorrow. Luckily I have an easy week and lots of time to experiment.