I will be attending the annual (54th) Ham Radio Convention in Apeldoorn, Netherlands on Saturday November 1. You can find me in or near the stand of Whisky Oscar, where I will be assisting my fellow club members. The convention consists of a Ham radio flea market, various lectures and an exhibition of all kinds of Ham gear. I better leave my credit card at home.
While doing some WW CQ contesting today -without a log buddy- I decided to give my transceiver’s “Vox” function a try for the first time, to get my hands free for the logging thing. At first, I was suprised about the audio delay on my headphones. But this is actually a clever feature of this old Kenwood that will avoid first syllables being discarded from transmission. After some fiddling with the “delay”control I found vox to be working really well in contesting circumstances, despite the weird delay in my headphones.. The 870 has turned out to be a fantastic transceiver to work with since being licensed last March. It’s a joy to operate and it looks like new despite it’s age. Works really well with Ham Radio Deluxe and always compliments about the audio. It lacks 6 meters but I’m not supposed to be there anyway with my present band plan. Until my license is upgraded, I will hold on to this radio until it breaks. And then fix it!
Happy with my new Yaesu G-400C Rotator. Installation was a breeze, I swapped the rotator & cables in under one hour. So we’re QRV again!
The big storm of yesterday was a good durability test for my rebuilt Hex. The antenna itself survived the high winds without any problems. However, the 70 Euro cheap-ass rotator’s gears broke and we had to emergency-haul the antenna down to minimum height in the middle of the storm and heavy rains late last night to stop the antenna from spinning out of control. Today, I dedided to go for a brand new Yaesu G-450C rotator from local ham gear supplier GB Antennas. I understand these rotators are pretty durable and provide enough strength for an antenna like this. If weather permits, I will be back on air just in time for the upcoming CQ WW DX Contest next weekend…
SSB QSO with Namibian scout with callsign V55JOTA on 10 meters October 18, 2014, 16:36 UTC