Posts Tagged ‘AlexLoop’
Lets hope the conditions some what improve this week…..
|A foggy view of Toronto from my setup|
|Trail on the way there.|
|Small river on my way home.|
|One of the many beaches|
The last time I was in digi land PSK31 was the ground breaking mode and I have come to understand by many of the blogs I read there are some new modes in town!! PSK is still around but it too has changed. There is also now SIM31 and 63, JT65, Olivia and the list goes on, I have been out of digital for some time now and am not sure what all is out there. What I am looking for is something that uses a narrow bandwidth, (most digi modes do) only requiring low power, would be great to have a "conversation mode" and not signal reports and goodbye and not a mode that takes forever for exchanges as I have heard about some digi modes. Having said all that one thing I can remember about the digi modes is they can be lot of "fun" to setup with your rig and PC! BUT that is all part of the fun I guess. So you digi fans out there help me out with some suggestions as to an HF low power narrow bandwidth digi mode I can scramble my brains with. Oh and if it helps the bands I have available are 10-40m and the rigs I have are the Elecraft K3 and KX3.
|A shot of the loop with the "T" fitting|
I finally set things up to get WSPR up and going, so yesterday during the day and then into the evening I was WSPRing to see how my signal was getting out from the condo. Up to this point I have only used the Reverse Beacon Network or RBN which involved CW at 5 watts. I was not thrilled with the results and was really wanting to give WSPR a go. During the day I tried 10m and 20m I started out with 1 watt and in terms of WSPR that is some pretty high power. The antenna once again was the Alexloop in the horizontal position, at first attempt on both bands the Alexloop was indoors. It was not surprise that there were no spots at all it was time to move the loop out onto the balcony. Once setup I went back to 10m and it was about 2pm local time with no results again. I then jumped over to 20m and it was just U.S stations and very few I might add that received my signal. It was time to pack it in for the afternoon and some chores had to be done and I would get back on in the evening hours.
At 7 pm local time I was up and WSPRing on 40m and with great hopes as the band sounded good and I was decoding some WSPR DX such as EA3NEI. I once again was only heard in the U.S and this time I used up to 5 watts!! Maybe it was that conditions were poor out this way as they have been over the past week. Over the weekend if I get time I am going to give WSPR a go once again and see how it works out.
|A view of Lake Ontario from the balcony|
I am tending to lean towards the fan box loop as it looks nothing like an antenna as the last thing I want are the condo cops coming after me. This unit is not really made for rain and is "portable" meaning I will have to take it in and out when using it. As for the 1788 it sure is more money but it covers more bands and is built better and I am a firm believer in you get what you pay for! So my delema is which antenna to go for.......
The 1780 fan box
1. It is cheaper but that may not be a good thing
2. It looks nothing like an antenna.
3. Very portable so small footprint.
1. Only covers from 14-30 meters
2. Not good in bad weather due to housing construction.
3. Has to be taken in and out.
1. Covers from 15-40 meters
2. Solid construction
3. Able to be left outdoors year around.
1. The cost is more.
2. It looks like an antenna
3. May be hard to hide and hiding it may affect it's preformance.
Some exciting news regarding my signal getting out in this concrete jungle!
I was able to get the loop out and in the horizontal position and it worked great! The receive was very good and I was able to finally get spotted on the RBN. This are only U.S spots but with 5 watts and up to this point batting ZERO in the spot dept I am thrilled to see that my signal is getting out. Now I just have to fine tune things. At this point I have not tried WSPR but now that the horizontal position seems to work that is my next step to see how I do using WSPR.
rows to show:showing spots for DX call: VE3WDM
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|W8WWV||VE3WDM||7016.9||CW CQ [LoTW]||7 dB||23 wpm||2305z 13 Dec|
|NY3A||VE3WDM||7016.9||CW CQ [LoTW]||9 dB||23 wpm||2305z 13 Dec|
|WZ7I||VE3WDM||7016.9||CW CQ [LoTW]||10 dB||23 wpm||2304z 13 Dec|
|W2MKM||VE3WDM||7016.9||CW CQ [LoTW]||11 dB||23 wpm||2304z 13 Dec|
|K1TTT||VE3WDM||7016.9||CW CQ [LoTW]||10 dB||23 wpm||2304z 13 Dec|
|W3LPL||VE3WDM||7031.9||CW CQ [LoTW]||1 dB||23 wpm||2255z 13 Dec|
|K1TTT||VE3WDM||7032.0||CW CQ [LoTW]||8 dB||23 wpm||2255z 13 Dec|
|WZ7I||VE3WDM||7031.9||CW CQ [LoTW]||8 dB||23 wpm||2255z 13 Dec|
|WE9V||VE3WDM||7031.9||CW CQ [LoTW]||6 dB||23 wpm||2255z 13 Dec|
|W8WWV||VE3WDM||7032.0||CW CQ [LoTW]||8 dB||23 wpm||2255z 13 Dec|
|W4KKN||VE3WDM||7031.9||CW CQ [LoTW]||4 dB||23 wpm||2254z 13 Dec|
|NY3A||VE3WDM||7031.9||CW CQ [LoTW]||9 dB||23 wpm||2254z 13 Dec|