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:
As I had the (base loaded) G7FEK (double inverted L) still up after the CQWW CW contest I thought I’d put out a few calls on FT8 (1840KHz), nice to see that my peanut station is making it into the USA albeit within a fairly tight area:
Despite some strange conditions on the bands today (including a pretty major geomagnetic storm), I managed to work the DXpedition callasign 3DA0RU (Kingdom of Eswatini – otherwise known as Swaziland) on 3 bands: 10m, 12m and 15m. I hope they are QSLing via ARRL LOTW!
Happy with with placing in the Batavia (QSO with Indonesia) contest considering I was only using 80W and wire antennas (and no resonant antenna for 15m at the time!), most QSO on 20m with a handful on 40m. Second in UK.
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: