Eventually they will snap!

I‘ve been busy to set up to 84m horizontal loop again today. The XYL was not too happy with this. First it is a ugly thing in her garden and second we are still busy to finalize building the new bathroom and I should have spend time for that too. But then, the PA-beker contest is only this weekend, the bathroom is still there next week. It’s  always a struggle to divide time between so many things especially when you got a hobby. Well, I always thought the militairy glasfiber mastparts I have to build the supporting poles of the loop antenne would be unbreakable. But the first mast snapped when I tried to get it up. Anyway, I got some spares and the next one did hold it. The loop is up again. Now, a test on 80m didn’t work out, I called several times but no one replied. I heard PA0PSA and YT2SS calling but they didn’t hear me. So I switched to 40m, a  few calls to 9A6DX and we had a nice chat. Report 5/5 with 5W into the loop is not that bad. A quick modulation report guide me to another setting of the Turner +3B mike I now have connected to the Yaesu. I hope I’m ready for tomorrows PA-beker contest.

Bas, PE4BAS, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from Groningen, Netherlands. Contact him at [email protected].

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