Print
Category: Operating
Hits: 2260

I was so happy that I've received my licence prior to the winter holidays and I could get on the air from Hungary as HA/HB9GIU! 

From home, I've used my new FT-991A transceiver, powered by an MFJ-4230MVP and connected to a home-brew λ /4 vertical wire antenna that we had built together with HA7GN.

Lambda / 4 vertical wire antenna
Lambda / 4 vertical wire antenna

This was an excellent antenna built on a fishing rod with 4 radials, and dimensioned to the 20 m band. The SWR was below 1.2 at resonance frequency, and below 1.5 through the entire 20 meters band. Some interference in the "shack" required to exchange the USB cable between the radio and the laptop to a better shielded one. Otherwise CAT control for the digi modes malfunctioned when using output power exceeding ~20W. An additional 1:1 balun helped to fully reduce interference at the end. 

But the real highlight was HA7GN's station in the Mátra Mountains!! Have a look at this! :)

Matra QTH - HA7GN
Matra QTH - HA7GN
Matra QTH - HB9GIU
Matra QTH - HB9GIU

It was an excellent learning opportunity and lots of fun! Altogether 100 QSOs have been collected during the holidays as HA/HB9GIU in the mixture of PSK32/PSK64 and SSB modes. The longest distance was 7643 km, which will most likely be a challenge for me to beat from my QTH in Switzerland. :)