Monday, 28 July 2014

EU037 Garpen Videos

These are 100mb files so be careful if on a slow network!!!




SM7/M1KTA/P EU037 QRT now

Put about 600 qso in the log which was a bit of a record for me over a w/e (Friday night, Sat, Sun and Monday an hour, with sleep breaks in between).

These were my hosts:



Couple of videos of the island:

Next post has the next video, taking an age to upload on the train to Copenhagen.

 The ground is hard rock with in places a rock/old brick and sand covering. METAL ground screws work. Guys can be attached to random large boulders on the island fine.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

KX3 RF connector broken

The little lead from the BNC connector that goes to the internal ATU or RF board has fractured.... The signals were dropping in and out... good job had the 'spare' kx3 as swapped it out.

As got going again I took the cover of the old and had a look... nothing obvious.... but the lead that way too flexible at the centre pin shrink wrap.

Quick check with DVM and as suspected the only thing holding it in place was the shrink wrap. The BNC is a non rotating one but after all the /P trips and constant attach and detach of antennas obviously had an effect. Will fix if need to or when get home.

Horrid blurred photo but it's this one.

Some antennas... and one of SotaBeams Wirewinders

Now got the antennas all up.

 Had to put up the Union flag on the 10/12/25/17/20

Light house, 80m dipole (I can use almost vertical down too and bottom feed so it is a 1/2 wave 80m vertical ;-) The other is the 30/40 vertical.

The ground is sand on rock and dry so not strength so have to support with something else.

sotabeams wire winder at the 30/40 GP feed point

garpen EU037 sm7/m1kta/p webcam

select the link and hit refresh.

The image is taken every few seconds.


Photos from SM7UCZ... this was yesterday. Just arrived from UK via Copenhagen:  Travel was car, plane, train, car, boat and then on foot.

 Note that essential bit of DX kit.... a beer!

Does it work?

Yes... first qso in log G6TUH in East Sussex 15:07 14.285 rst 55... now off to get food!

DXpedition KX3 heatsink

Doesn't have to cost a lot.

This is a strip of heatsink tape (sticky both sides) and a random heatsink from home....

KX3 running much cooler.... been up and working non-stop for about 5 hours so far and was getting warm in the sun coming through hut window.... screened now.