Very pleased to see my BARTG RTTY score, operating with my contest callsign G2K.
RX/TX: Icom 7600 /
Amplifier: Acom 1010 at 300W
* 80m – Inverted L
* 40m – Dipole and 1/4 wave vertical
* 20m, 15m – Dipole
* 10m – Dipole and 5/8 wave vertical
5th in World – Single Operator All Bands
3rd in Europe – SIngle Operator All Bands and top UK station!
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: https://ns6t.net/azimuth/azimuth.html
I know the radiation patterns are not totally accurate, but they’re good enough!
Update 14 April 2022, also worked on 30m.
This makes my Galapogos Island confirmed on LOTW 5 bands:
Two in a row!!
I need to make one of these!
A look around the antenna field …
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I didn’t have as much time as I would have liked with this contest with almost all my operation focused on the Sunday. A total of just 260 QSO of which exactly half were on 15m (the band I had decided to focus on) with rest split: 80m (7), 40m (35), 20m (88). 36 US States/Canadian Provinces worked on 15m.
Ionogram Information from the UK Solar System Data Centre at Chilton (RAL). Critical frequency is currently 3.1MHz (ie. foF2) and Maximum Usable Frequency MUF(D) is 8.13MHz. https://www.ukssdc.ac.uk/ionosondes/view_latest.html. Registration is required to access the data after which login just requires an email address (leave the password blank.
The RAL is the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory: https://stfc.ukri.org/about-us/where-we-work/rutherford-appleton-laboratory/
Can’t decide whether to go for original (tr)USDX orange or green. For scale here is an image next to one of my QCX Minis: