Operation around the local area (Barossa Valley) PF95
VHF Field day 2005 (Jan 15&16)
As luck would have it the propagation was lousy. A major flare and weather fronts conspired to suppress any radio activity.
The portable masts were cobbled together on the day!
|The January VHF field day gave me an excuse to go up to Polners trig and see what could be worked.
|The box hanging from the yagi is
one of the older NON tune 23cm transverter's from Mark vk5eme, with 3 watt
PA. IF is 144 MHz
2mx FM is courtesy of the FM92 mounted in the brumby.
Next outing will require some better planning. Need to find a dual band collinear for FM contacts on 2 & 70. As well as a compact rig for 6mx to capture those contacts.
|Raided the shack to liberate the IC-475H. FT290R doubles as 2mx sideband and IF for 23cm transverter. Small THP brand PA gives about 30 watts on 2mx to give the FT290 a voice and a pre-amp.
|Now here's where it gets tricky. You can just see the base of my tower next to the power pole in the middle of the picture (feint pink arrow)
|This is a blow up of the picture above. you can see the bottom section of the tower in the background and the neighbours sheds in the foreground.