630m Crossband Night – Four VE7s and VE3OT worked

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Details on this November’s 630M Crossband Night can be found on VE7SL’s blog:

http://ve7sl.blogspot.ca/2016/10/novembers-630m-activity-cw-crossband.html

Usually about the second or third week of November I make my bi-annual rounds repairing the receive antennas in the back woodlot, mostly damaged by tree related incidents.  While I’ve performed initial inspections of some antennas, I haven’t gotten around to actually repairing anything yet.   The 630M Eight Circle has a number of issues that are affecting its optimal performance, though it still exhibits reasonably good directivity.  I also discovered that one beverage element in my 160M west array had snapped.   I was not optimistic about my chances of hearing any of the VE7 stations that would be QRV on 630M.

Mitch, VE3OT, was worked early in the evening with his usual strong signals.  He is only located across Lake Erie from here, so always has a potent presence.

What transpired later in the evening was entirely unexpected.  Continue reading 630m Crossband Night – Four VE7s and VE3OT worked

2016 PA QSO Party @NO3M

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This year I decided to relax a bit and fire up some of my 1930s replica homebrew gear.   My plans to build a new exciter were sidelined, so I used whatever was available, including part of what used to be the 2016 Field Day transmitter for 40M and my 160M 203A transmitter for 80M and 160M.

For a receiver, I used my recently finished 1934 “De Luxe” Superhet, built according to an article in May 1934 QST.

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1934 Superhet Receiver #10 – FINAL

On-air Reception Test. COMPLETE.

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After about three-weeks of construction, the time had finally arrived to test the 1934 QST De Luxe Superhet Receiver on the air!  With power supplied, tubes lit, dial indicator lamps lit, and coils installed, I plugged in the louspeaker and connected the antenna lead (active vertical in backyard) and began tuning around the 160M band to find that “first” on-air signal… Continue reading 1934 Superhet Receiver #10 – FINAL