My 5 band fan dipole

Spacers are 3D printed from my own design (printed in Black PETG for uV protection)
Spacing between each element is 10cm (4″). The spacers (21cm long):

The mast top piece is also 3D printed in PETG:

Email me if you would like the STL files for the spreaders and mast top piece. At £20 a roll of PETG the spreaders cost 17p each, the mast head piece 29p. Less than a cup of Costa Coffee – a total of 18 spreaders. The spacers were printed on my Anycubic Vyper 3D printer.

The mast is a DX Commander Classic mast available from M0MCX at DX Commander here.

Approximate radiation pattern on a Great Circle Map from my home QTH:

The great circle maps were generated here:
I know the radiation patterns are not totally accurate, but they’re good enough!

UPDATE: S9OK – Eventually broke the pile-up!

Looks like he didn’t get his signal report the first time!

20+ stations calling S9OK in Sao Tome & Principe on every ‘over’ (and that’s just the one’s I could decode!)

David was using FT4 but on two frequencies (NOT F&H so I assume he was using MSHV to get two transmissions per over.

More information on the S9OK DXpedition is at dxnews here:

Checking the log I see that I have actually worked the island twice before (both 2019), the previous QSO were on 20m and 60m.

Interesting article:

Ten things you didn’t know about Sao Tome and Principe:


Also worked on 20m, nice to see the QSO in ClubLog Live!

Digital Modes awards

There are about half a dozen Digital Modes club offering colourful awards for simply uploading your log and it being compared against their database. The awards are off course completely useless as far as DXCC as so on is concerned but they are at least colourful! I’ve printed a couple out to add some colour to the shack alongside DXCC and various ‘proper’ contest certificates.

For uploading my log and applying for awards I use the excellent Ultimate AAC application available here:

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