N1MU/VE3/R June 2007 Page
- FN36 - FN36gd Ste. Melanie, QC
- FN35 - Mobile
- FN25 - Mobile and FN25na, Long Sault, ON
- FN24 - Mobile and later FN24ad, Stone Mills, NY
- FN14 - Mobile and later FN14xc, Gunn's Corners, NY
- FN15 - Mobile and FN15tb, Perth, ON
- FN13 - Mobile
- Canadian/US border was pretty smooth.
- New owners of the FN14 site are Amish and therefore have a real problem with operating there. I need a new site.
- On IC-706MkIIG, to hear USB in CW mode, need to use CW-R with 800 Hz offset, i.e. 50.127.800. Also need to turn shift(?) all the way left or there is too much high cut. Need to check this on 2 radios to see if I need RIT too. Yuck.
- Also on IC-706MkIIG, the sidetone is SUPER loud by default. When I turn the radio all the way up to hear weak microwave signals, the sidetone is deafening. I lowered it.
- 50 MHz ok, but lots of noise. Halo must be raised to extended position for a good match, otherwise BIG SWR.
- 144 MHz ok, but PA seems busted. causes voltage sag on power bus? Didn't use. 13-elements is A LOT. Very narrow beamwidth.
- 222 MHz ok, but want to move 222 IF to IC-706, perhaps the microwave IF radio, but I have a diplexer for HF/VHF that should pass 50 MHz and 28 MHz through different ports. Have to check isolation to be sure 100 W is ok for 50 MHz and doesn't get into the 222 transverter. Need t/r switch in transverter. Is 222 RX gain ok? There's not a lot of takeover noise when you switch on the transverter.
- 432 MHz good.
- 903 MHZ good, great even.
- 1296 MHz really good! Always worked better than 903.
- 2304 MHz seems very busted. Maybe LO screwed up? fix 2304.
- 3456 MHz good.
- 5760 MHz RX busted? 5 GHz worked ok w/ IF at 144.877. VERY weak RX, but W2SZ asked for SSB, so TX must be good. Oops, I was using USB instead of LSB like I should have been, but this doesn't explain the whole problem because I still couldn’t hear anywhere near loud enough for SSB.
- Good: if single-op, voice keyer into low band radio, cw keyer into microwave radio.
- Better for next time: switch box for CW/voice keyers.
- The new vehicle setup is good and pretty quick to set up. I have to climb on the top of the car to raise 6m unless I can find a way to prevent the mast from falling off the push-up pole. This happened a couple of times and threatened to cut the 6m feedline so I quit using the pole and started climbing up on top. Maybe an eye at the end of the pole to grab the bolt?
- Leveling is important, and there is little play in this new setup. I brought wood blocks, and this was pretty good although some of the pieces got split.
|A||50 MHz||20||13|| |
|B||144 MHz||23||12|| |
|C||222 MHz||16||9|| |
|D||432 MHz||20||10|| |
|9||902 MHz||8||4|| |
|E||1296 MHz||8||4|| |
|F||2304 MHz||0||0|| |
|G||3456 MHz||5||1|| |
|H||5760 MHz||4||1|| |
|Grids|| || ||7|| |
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Comments: tmayo1 at rochester.rr.com