Started up JTDX and only seeing a few stations reported on each time block (normally it’s at least 20-30 on each pass). Looked up, antenna cable was not connected to the balun. Yes, digimodes are that good 😀
ISS SSTV 2021.08.06-07
Caught one image two images three images four images five six seven images from the ISS event on August 6-7th with ye ole’ trusty Baofeng UV-5R and Robot36 on my phone. Not too shabby.
New 9:1 balun (bigger) from hfkits.com is in place, no more overheating on digital modes. I’ve also dropped the EFHW coil for 80m, as it didn’t manage to get it running properly; so just 40, 20, 15 and 10 for now with a simple wire and a bit better SWR on all bands.
Plugged in the Raspberry Pi with the SDR Uno for some WSPR listening today. http://wspr.rocks/ is very nice and fast.
40m and 20m knackering round and about as usual.
And they said “100W is only half point” or something…
Windstorm took down my EFHW (one of the plastic ties broke, imagine that). Thankfully, the balun survived without touching the ground and I had to fish it out (yay Decathlon fishing pole, most useful ham tool) from a juniper tree. Put it back up, shortened a little the 80m tail (after the coil) aaand ……(Continue Reading)