Morse, morse, morse. Everything in my radio life is about morse at the moment. I want to learn it, i am learning it, i take all the advice everybody is giving me, but still it’s hard. My brain is crunching when i listen morse. I have all the letters, numbers and some symbols under my skin, i have help from my friends at “Los Tortugas“, but still. I have made some QSO’s, but in a way i was cheating. I know how to send, but for copying i still need the help of FLdigi to decode. They tell me to throw away the program and i agree, but it’s so hard!! And yes, i am impatient, i’m only doing this for 2 months now and i already got pretty far. And yes, it takes more time than that, but i want to get on the air!
Reason i am this “slow” at learning is because i am too busy traveling and many times i am so tired i can’t get myself to study in the plane or in the hotel. In the plane i just put some nice music and sleep and in the hotel, well basically i sleep as well.
Maybe if i get myself a small, cheap, chinese QRP kit i can practice in the hotel? Now, that would be awesome! Let me think about it.
In the mean time i installed WsprryPi on an old Raspberry Pi i have here and let it send on all the bands between LF and 6m. Man, are these things dirty!! I am sending the signal into a 10m thin hire i have permanently installed on the terrace. Let’s see if anyone hear me. I’m looking for a mechanism where i can be notified if someone spots me. Haven’t found it yet.
WOW! Somebody actually spotted me!! Amazing with 10mW!
Finally the antenna is in its final location. Not the location i really wanted, but after going 3m down i decided to go the easy road. Well, the XYL insisted that i would NOT place the antenna in the location i initially wanted. But it’s up. A bit closed to the house, but it is what it is.
SWR without radials looks good, even though the dip frequency is a bit low, but the plan is to fix that using the radials. And that’s the mystery part of the project.
With no radials the SWR looks like this: A dip at 6.6, 14, 21-24 (nice!), 30 and somewhere at 54MHz. BTW, i wonder if 6m would really work considering the length of the antenna. If it does, nice, if not, i won’t use 6m anyway.
As mentioned, the plan was to adjust the final dip frequency using the radials. Everybody tells you to start with the lowest frequency first, so i hooked up my 40m radials first. I kept them at 10m80, appx. 20cm longer than the required 10m60 so i have room to adjust without making them too short in the first attempt.
What surprised me was that fixing the radials did absolutely nothing with the SWR. The dip was steady at 6.6MHz and didn’t move up if i shortened the radials. I shortened them at least 70cm and then i stopped.
What if the radials between themselves have effect?
So i hooked up the radials for 20m (5m40), 15m (3m60), 12m (3m) and 10m (2m70) as well to see if that made a difference. Nothing.
So now what do i do? The situation is as follows:
This is the wall below the parking. My 40m, 20m and 15m radials are spread out over that wall. The wall is appx. 5m high (from which i stumbled 3m down hurting my back and my knee).
The radials for 12 and 10m are spread out over the roof of the parking. Again, whatever i do with the radials, no changes in SWR. Any advice would be welcome.
I am now heating up my soldering iron to get the first connector on my new Airborne 5 cable and hook it up to the radio. Again, to be continued.