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A Socially Distance Field Day

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By: John EI1761 DTG :1000-1600hrs 03/01/2021 Location: IO63lf or Rathangan, Co. Kildare Before Christmas 2020 we as a club managed to do a remote field day experiment with NVIS from my village location into the valleys and hilltops around Skerries, see other write up . So it was time for me to step up and put a few certain chapters of the IRTS study guide and YouTube into reality. The agenda was to build an 80 meter dipole and tune it by reducing the leg lengths in a controlled manner until it was resonant in the middle of the band I want to use. So yeah that's the long and short of it... what's missing is the phone calls, WhatsApp video group chats and our friendly Amazon which didn't close for Christmas. With a dipole center borrowed from Tom (EI5IEB), a 33-meter spool of speaker wire and taking over the kitchen on St. Stephen's day I got to work, an annoying thing about the majority of online sites that explain dipole is they convert the frequencies to Meter band pla

80m NVIS Excerise

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We tried something different this weekend and took advantage of traveling to another county. This was something we as a club wanted to try for a while.  Could we communicate effectively between Skerries and Rathangan, Co Kildare on 80m utilising NVIS? The weekends spent building and fine tuning our portable 80m linked dipoles was about to be put to the test Tom  travelled Rathangan, Co Kildare and met up with John EI1762. They setup a portable station using a FT857D a custom built 15Ah LifePO4 battery pack, and 80m homebrew linked dipole at the local Men Shed in time to call in to the 80m IRTS News.  Meanwhile  Frank  was operating portable from Badlungon and both  Ben  and  Dom  where operating from their home locations in Skerries. After the news all stations moved to a free frequency and got a net going. Signal reports of 59 were exchanged between  Tom  and John in Rathangan with  Frank  in Badlungon.  Ben , operating from home also gave a 59 report to the guys in Rathangan.  Dom  w

Results - Portable s Challenge 2020

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I am pleased to announce that EI0EL placed 9th overall, 3rd place in Europe and 1st place in Ireland for the Portable Operation Challenge 2020. Well done to all that took place and a special congratulations to  Magnus Samuelson (SA0AQT)  who placed 1st overall. 

Giving the 20m Portable Yagi a Shot

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Another lovey day here at one of the sport we like to operate portable from. Great success again on Franks 80m linked dipole with the IRTS News coming in strong. Frank was able to hear a large number of signal reporting coming in after the news. Dom successfully make contact with the IRTS 2m news from his HT and received a good signal report from the news reader. Tom and John set up a "portable" 20m two element Yagi and had great success making contact with K3LR in to Mercer County, Pennsylvania, a distance of over 5,500km, and received a signal report of 59. Contact was also make with KV2K in Johnsonburg, New Jersey again a signal report of 59 was received. Contact was also made with stations in Slovenia and Hungry.

Operating Portable

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Another successful and fun day operating portable. Contacts were made with stations in Ireland, England and Germany. Frank  got to test his homebrew linked dipole on 80m and made a number of contacts within Ireland after the IRTS News. Tom added 40m to his linked dipole and after some fine tuning got some acceptable initial results. After some further fine tuning a SWR of 1:1.12 was achieved cantered on 7.150. Very happy with that.

Portable Operations Challenge 2020

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Shortly after 1200 on Saturday members of the club met to get their antenna's setup for the 8 hours Portable Operations Challenge contest run by the team over at Fox Mike Hotel .  The team setup a home brew linked dipole (20m and 40m) using 3x 6 meter telescopic masts for TX. One supporting the dipole centre and the other two supporting the ends of the legs. This allowed us to get the legs as horizontal to the ground as possible.  Taking turns operating, logging and coffee making was key to keeping us semi-sane for the duration. Luckily the rain held off but there was a chill in the wind. We started off operating from a table in the open but soon took refuge in the comfort of the back of a van.  This acted as a rather large wind breaker. We had two people inside the van at a time , one as logger and the other as operator. This enabled us to follow the current DoH guidelines regarding social distancing. The radio was powered off a combination of a lead acid battery and home brew lif

New Toys for Portable Ops

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Tom, EI5IEB recently took delivery of the Chameleon MPAS 2.0 Antenna system. Sunday was a lovely day to go out and play radio.  Tom set up on a hill just outside Skerries to test out the vertical mil whip, mil whip extension, cap hat and hybrid micro.  Signals were coming in strong on 20m, including a station in Osprey, Florida, K5RQ .  Waiting a break between contacts a call was put out and a brief QSO was made with Dave, K5RQ , Tom received a signal report of 5 and 7. Dave was coming in at a 5 and 9 Band conditions were reported as fair for 20m, but somehow the skip was in our favour that morning. It was great to hit Florida on 50 Watts from a portable station. Approx.4180 miles, 6727 km.