Amateur Radio

Category: 630M (page 2 of 5)

New 630M Tuner

A new matching network has been installed at the base of the 630M antenna.  A 410 uH coil (6 in. diameter, #12 copper) in series with a 1000 pF vacuum variable tune the vertical to resonance.  A 10uH roller inductor is configured as an autotransformer for impedance matching, one end grounded, the other end connected to the vacuum variable, and the roller connected to the coax center conductor.

630m-tuner(click to enlarge)

The current controller in the shack (Arduino based) reads data from the LP-100A wattmeter and adjusts the remote tuner accordingly.  Currently only the SWR is monitored and one motor driven (resonance tuning).  However, the plan is to re-implement the controller to use the impedance and phase measurements from the LP-100A and adjust both the series and shunt elements in the tuner to obtain the proper matching.

HRO-5 on 630M WSPR

I recently modified a spare “F” HRO-5 coilset (500-960 kc) to bandspread the 630M band, providing 10 divisions per kilohertz now.


There is some frequency drifting on the order of +/- 20 Hz, but I wanted to see how well the receiver would hold up decoding WSPR stations on the band. Continue reading …..

630M MOPA at Dayton

The 630M MOPA (89/802/811) was displayed at the Dayton Hamvention as part of the homebrew theme this year.  Plenty of questions were asked and photos taken like the one below!


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