Sunday, October 20, 2013

This weekend it was DX with the Alexloop!

SWR 1.1:1, power 5 watts and memory CQ message
With getting most if not all of my "to do list" done it was time once again to swing the Alexloop into action and have a nice late afternoon of ham radio and relaxation. Setting up the loop has become faster for me I'm getting the hang of the in's and outs of the loop. I also am able to tune the loop in less than 20 seconds and be up and running on different band segments. The SWR is anywhere from flat to 1.7:1 and the band width is very good and retuning is not needed unless 20 khz changes are needed. This weekend the Worked all Germany CW contest was going on so I wanted to be a point giver for the contest. With 5 watts, my KX3 and the Alexloop in the living room I was able to contact the following  all on 20m:

DK1NO
DK9PY
DR4A
LX/DF1LON

  I did try dropping the power lower than 5 watts but is was just not doing the trick. I then was on 30m and WA3SCM Dave was calling CQ. I came back to him using 5
Time to recharge the battery
watts. I was at times in and out with Dave but he was in P.A and that's off the backside of my loop antenna. Dave was running a long wire with 100 watts and all was going well until my KX3's batteries decided to die! The KX3 just shut down and my lesson was learned in that I should be monitoring the voltage on the KX3 (via it's display) and I would had known it was due time to change over to my external battery supply. I did go upstairs and get the extra battery but it was too late as Dave was gone. I did email him and explained what happened and on Sunday he emailed me back. He was wondering where I had gotten to and did tell me that he was very interested in the Alexloop as he has worked with lots of different types of loop antennas.
I was able to spend some time on the radio today (Sunday) and I again tried 10m to see what was happening.....it turned out that 10m was good to me today. I was only able to make 2 contacts but they were sweet ones!

IS0GQX from Sardinia
MD0CCE from Isle of Man

I was shocked at both these contacts two very nice and sometimes rare areas and I did both in one day! If I get the time this evening I will try some more radio time but if I don't get around to it I am very happy with the two contacts I did make today.   

8 comments:

  1. Congrats with the DX Mike. Remarkable with the Alexloop and QRP. I hate working with a battery without a charger like a solarpanel or so. Only use a battery when I don't have anything else like in my car. Even then I monitor the voltage and sometimes let the car run the get the right voltage. I don't want loosing a contact just because I ran out of power. Well at least you learned from it again. Have a second charged battery near you when transmitting. Good DX, 73, Bas

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  2. Good evening Bas, oh how did I learn my lesson there is no slow dropping in the radio it just.....you are on the air and then you are off! I do have the extra battery close at hand and I can once the move is done have a reliable source of power on the KX3 so this is never a worry. Yes I was very pleased with the DX this weekend.
    Mike
    Have a good week Bas.

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  3. Hello Mike, when I was operation as CS8/PA1B, I also found out that it is the best, to charge the battey during operation. Although my charger give less current than the FT-817 uses, all goes well. Congrats on the rare places in DX. 73, Bert

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    1. Good morning Bert and nice to hear from you, I have a spare external battery for the KX3 and if I monitor the voltage drain during transmit I can just plug it in and the KX3 will switch over the that supply.
      Mike

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  4. Hi Mike, nice you managed to get on the air for some QSOs. Conditions lately have been pretty good and especially 10m were wide open till -today-. Sounds like a CME Earth directed will create some issues in the upcoming days.
    Hope you'll be able to have fun anyway. Ciao

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    1. Good morning Stefano, yes it seems the atmospheric things are heating up again. I got the notice on my Iphone that a CME is on it's way. I hope it does not put a damper on the weekend SSB contest.
      Good luck in the contest.
      Mike

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  5. Hi Mike, very good results with the Alexloop. Congrats! 73 Paul

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    1. Hello Paul, thanks very much and I was very happy with the results and it tells me that the antenna really can do the job with QRP power.
      Mike

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