zondag 8 januari 2012

QSL Cards

In the last two weeks I have written more than 200 QSL cards. Mostly for more than 1000 Miles per Watt QSO's. Yesterday I brought a pile of 7 cm (2.75") to the QSL manager.

I still send paper QSL's for nearly each 1000 MPW QSO's, so the HAM that I worked with very low power, can read all the info on my card.
To calculate the distance and Miles per Watt, I always look up the QTH-locator on QRZ.

I noticed that more and more stations use LotW or will send the card only direct for $2. So now I also use QRZ, to look, if the station will answer a QSL via the bureau or eQSL.

Inverted Vee repaired

Friday afternoon the whether was good with no wind and a nice temperature. So my wife said: why don't you go on the roof to repair you antenna. I fixed the broken wire, before dark. This evening (Sunday) I listened, but there was no activity. I did not test the antenna in a QSO, but I suspect it will work well.

donderdag 5 januari 2012

Half an Inverted Vee

One of the wires of my Inverted Vee is broken,
due to the heavy winds of the last days.
First the lower point came loose and today
the wire broke at the top. The wire is still on the roof.

I am not in a hurry to repair the antenna.
I used "half an Inverted Vee" before, for about one year and noticed that I could still use QRPp and still make more than 1000 Miles per Watt QSO's.
So I say: Half an Inverted Vee is still an antenna.
I will see what the antenna does this time. hi.