Things have been relatively quiet on the radio front. I have been meaning to start troubleshooting the shack RF, but have not had enough time to delve into it. I have been a considerable amount of material on the subject, as well as on RF grounding. Then again, there is A LOT of information available via the Internet, but not all of it is good information. With my relative experience, I am calling on a few of the local guys to help me out, provide their insight and experience into my predicament.
I did put in a few hours in the CQWW DX CW contest a few weeks back recording some 50 contacts. I did have a nice run of JA contacts just after the sun set. Since that contest, there have only been a handful of contacts because I had taken the hex beam down for some work, as I detailed in the previous update. Looking at 20M, there still seems to be a bit of sag after I tied off the spreaders again, but it does not seem to have any effect, which is good. Function or form, right? I did log an EA8 last week on 20M, so things seem to be good.
This weekend is the ARRL 10-Meter Contest and while I had little interest in it last year, making about 6 contacts I did put in a few hours at the start of the contest, prior to the sun going down. I was rather surprised at all the signals I heard, especially on the CW portion of the band. Between SSB and CW I logged about 27 QSOs inside two hours. I know that is nothing impressive, but with what little time I have sent on the band it was nice to see some openings. Many of the contacts were CA, I did get an opening as far south as XE and east to AZ, NM and MT. Hopefully today is just as good and I should double what I worked yesterday.
I did talk to N6WM, working from N6RO and he is still trying to find time to give me some input on the RF issues. Thankfully last night I had no RF issues in the house when transmitting on 10M at about 500w. I did make the decision to dump AT&T UVerse and go back to Comcast. I know that won’t solve my RF issues, but hopefully I won’t be disconnecting the modem every time key up on 15 and 40M. We will see.