Just back from holidays, from tuscany coast. I’ve been active mostly in BPSK-31 on 20 meters and RTTY. I’ve been able to operate just during the baby’s sleeping hours…
I’ve also enjoyed making a small bazooka antenna for 30 Mhz with a pieco of RG59 I saved years ago from an old 10 Mbit network lan. I’ve used a plan recovered on the net months ago, and I’ve been surprised of excellent swr … 1:1.2 on all band.
Main antenna however was the old triband dipole, while the buddiple was too high on swr due to the presence of threes in the camping.
Most of the contacts has been done in QRP, with 5 W only, and I was suprised of how efficient are bpsk modes. So finally I logged 150 digital qsos, and a few ones on ssb too.
I’m getting ready for the holidays, where I will probably will be active on digital modes. I will take my FT-857 and Buddipole antenna with me and I will try to operate from mobile station. I will be in Tuscany coast for 3 weeks this year, so hopefully I will be able to enjoy my radio and my family at the same time…. (you know … not exactly at same time).
Well in the mean time I’ve found a cool map of italy, there are not so many on the net, so here you are my latest contribution.
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