Jan 17, 2020

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.

Jan 13, 2020

First Taiwanese sat QSO confirmed with a card.

Jan 11, 2020

Not much telemetry, but strong signals from Strand-1. Gotcha!

Jan 10, 2020

Two new ones for the Gotcha! list: 1Kuns-FP and Innosat-2.

Jan 8, 2020

New one for the Gotcha! list: CP-7 (DAVE).

Jan 7, 2020

Jan 6, 2020

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.

Jan 5, 2020

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.