DX Farm Photos
This is a farm out near Bathurst that we visit to play radio, e.g. DXing and experimenting,
plus a bit of bushwalking, motorbike riding, astronomy and relaxing.
Radio wise mainly HF, VHF, UHF and SHF, trying to get a good collection
of antennas setup for doing experimenting and "field portable" DXing.
There is a 940mASL mountain in the backyard, ideal for HF/VHF/UHF/SHF terrestrial & EME DX.
Aim is to get geared up for Six metres (50MHz) ready for the next solar peak
probably 2012 to 2014, my personal thoughts that the peak will be around December 2013,
NASA now predicting May 2013 (unfortunately the cycle 24 peak will be lower than expected and lower than past cycles)
Starting to have a decent setup for 28MHz, 50MHz, 144MHz, 432Mhz and 1296Mhz for terrestrial DX.
Maybe some even larger HF wire arrays too. Currently a 80metre Loop antenna and TH3 Yagi.
There are also some dishes for 23cm & 13cm EME activity.
A larger operating shack added December 2011.
Added 160m wire dipole and a 5.7GHz dish in 2012.
Maybe more microwave bands all the way up to 10 GHz in the future.
Other members of my local amateur radio club have also visited for long weekends, as well as locals from Bathurst and Orange.
Here are some recent photos:
tiltable 23cm (1296MHz) dish (4.5metre diam) for both terrestrial and EME DXing, plus a another 3metre diam dish
for terrestrial DX, on the mountain top. (October, 2011)
TH3 yagi and 80metre Loop antennas and operating shack on the mountain top. (October, 2011)
northerly view towards Brisbane from on the mountain top. (October, 2012)
north east view towards Taree from on the mountain top. Still a few more trees to be cleared. (October, 2012)
easterly view towards Central Coast from on the mountain top. (October, 2012)
south east view towards Sydney from on the mountain top. (October, 2012)
southerly view towards Canberra from on the mountain top. (October, 2012)
south west view towards VK3 from on the mountain top. (October, 2012)
westerly view towards VK5 from on the mountain top. (October, 2012)
north west view towards Dubbo from on the mountain top. (October, 2012)
shed has a bed for those overnight contests. (October, 2012)
window and chairs in the shed. (October, 2012)
operating bench, adding more shelving and bench later. (October, 2012)
full height equipment rack. (October, 2012)
the original shed on the left and the new larger shed on the right. (October, 2012)
up the mountain at 7am to work some AE on 2m SSB and 70cm SSB (April, 2013)
the two dishes (April, 2013)
5 elelement yagi for 6m, with insulated pole above for HF wire antenna, plus the 4m dish (April, 2013)
the original shed on the left and the new larger shed on the right, 2m & 70cm verticals, 2m 5/8th for 6m FM
2m horizontal yagi, 70cm yagi array plus a spare 70cm 8 el yagi (April, 2013)
the original shed on the left and the new larger shed on the right, with HF wire antennas (April, 2013)
added some more benchspace and shelving (April, 2013)
benchspace and shelving for notebook computer, plus DC inverter for charging notebooks etc. (April, 2013)
You can view the a larger collection of photos, to see what is currently setup and from past visits at the link below.
Note: Photos moved to Flickr.com for easier viewing and handling. Click the link below:
my photos at the DX farm.
and photos of Jonathan VK2TAS's DX farm.
or if you looking for locations to operate field portable from, then see my other page:
VK2KFJ Field Portable page
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