First 40m Pixie QSO

At 1000z this morning I exchanged RST 579 reports with G6ALB who is 3km from me on my 40m Pixie on 7.023MHz CW. This was my first on-air QSO. Netting was perfect and I used the rig directly into my low Par triband antenna. An ATU might have helped. Andrew G6ALB said the channel was pretty busy but that I was a good RST579 with no hint of chirp. This afternoon we’ll put the rig on his spectrum analyser. I gave Andrew 579 probably reflecting the poorer MDS of the Pixie. I have no idea of his power or antenna.

My initial goals have been met: I built the kit and have managed a QSO on the air with it. With the fatigue associated with my brain bleed still very apparent (I am well and truly shattered currently), I was well pleased. A few more QSOs with the 40m Pixie would be good, HI.

$10 well spent. Excellent little kit. FB little transceiver. Works surprisingly well.

Roger Lapthorn, G3XBM, is a regular contributor to and writes from Cambridge, England.

3 Responses to “First 40m Pixie QSO”

  • Harry K4BAD:

    Bravo Roger; Congratulations…..keep on keeping on. Best wishes! 73 Harry K4BAD

  • Howard VK3QA:

    Hi Roger,

    Great story i have been following your progress from Melbourne. Excellent result and congratulations on your efforts. It has been really good to see you overcome any problems and end up with a successful home built project. I wish you many happy QSOs. You are a good inspiration for many people.

    kind regards


  • W6LEO:

    Nice results!


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