Morse update, WSPR and more

85925_morsecodeforeverMorse, 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.

wsprbeacon_largeIn 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!


Putting up a vertical antenna part 5 – More mysteries

20161015_160953Finally 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.


20161015_161024With 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.

20161015_16142920161015_164315What 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.

20161015_162819So 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.