[Article 255]Trip to Newcastle

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In the weekend of the 16th of February I made a one-day trip with my YL to Newcastle, using the ferry of DFDS (Danish Seaways), in this case the King of Scandinavia. After an inquiry at the service desk and a ‘ok’ from the captain, I prepared to use the FT-817 on the stern. First a qso on the repeater of Amsterdam on 70cm: PI2ASD. Strong, clear signals from the repeater and a nice qso with PA3CNT.

On the upper stern post, there was a abandoned (probably due to the bad weather) terrace. I used it to make some nice /MM contacts on HF. Unfortunately, due to QRM from my laptop via the USB cable to my microHAM USB 3, I had to stop the experiment with WinLink. And RFI made my 817 TX and stop with a couple of milliseconds. Back to the drawing board and use some rigid toroids on the USB cable!

On the way back, I overheard a qso between two British hams on 2m in FM. I successfully managed to enter the conversation and spoke to Sid (MøZID) and Derek (sorry, lost your call there!).

Half an hour or so later, I tried again (assuring the new LiPo battery pack for the 817 from Windcamp was still okay). This time I tried a cq on 144.300 in single sideband. And voilá, MøTLX, David, answered my call soon after. With only 4 Watts (according to the specs) and by now a distance of about 50 (!) nautical miles. Very nice indeed!


One Response to [Article 255]Trip to Newcastle

  1. It is essential that You “couple off with lots of FERRITE BEADS OR RINGS”! The antenna – mounted on the RX/TX IS NOT RECOMMENDED TO USE – USE AN EXTRENA ANTENNA WITH
    CONNECTION TO THE FEMALE UHF CONNECTOR ON THE BACK
    OF THE RADIO! WITH SHIELDED. – CONNECT BOTH RADIO(RX/TX) AND TUNEr(AUTMATIC OR MANUAL TO GROUND
    OR ELSE YOU COULD BLOW THE LAPTOP USB CIRCUIT AND HF MIGHT DESTROY MEMOMRIES IN THE LAPTOP! SO SEPARATE THEM AT LEAST 3-5 feet (OR GET SOME ROUGH PROBLEMS! AT LEAST IF YOU RUN PSK31 or HIGHER xor PACTOR XOR OTHER INTENSIVE TYPES OF COMMUNICATION!

    I use a LOOP ANTENNA – mostly – or GPM1500 VERTICAL On 6M AND 10M (suiteble even down to 40M!)
    I also use MTU (Manual Tuning Unit) from MFJ 969 with LADDERLINE – CONNECTED TO BAl INP ON THIS MTU or a LDG200Pro <-! But THEN YO HAVE TO USE A BALUN 2:1!
    73 de Gus