Here were some of the troubles I was experiencing
- I was not able to decode any WSPR signals even when the band was full of activity.
- When the K3 went into transmit mode there was very little output if any at all.
- For some reason the SWR was all over the place.
- If I turned up the power to 5 watts (which is way more than plenty for WSPR) I produced no spots.
- I eliminated the coax feed line from the K3 to the dipole by placing a 50 ohm dummy load at the antenna end and checked the SWR and I also transmitted some CW into it and all was great.
- I then put the balun and the dummy load in series with the feed line and re-checked and all was ok.
- I then added the jumper piece of coax that went from the balun to the antenna. It was placed in the dummy load/ balun mix and still all was well with SWR and transmitting CW.
- It was now the antenna's turn I double checked the dipoles mounting plate and the ends where the antenna screwed into the assembly and all seemed just fine.
- I was not thinking maybe the LDG DTS-6 switch may be defective on the 5th position were the new dipole was going too. I put the 30 meter antenna to a known good position on the LDG switch and still WSPR troubles.
|Time to celibate with nectar from the god's|
One unresolved issue is the SWR today does not seem to be fluctuating as it did before, it is now at 1.6 all the time but not sure why it was going up and down from 1.4 to 1.6. I'm not going to worry about that at this time.
|VE3WDM on 30 meter WSPR Click on image to enlarge|