SMARC Sparks Online Magazine

May 22, 2020

Greetings SMARC Members and Friends.

It has been 2 months since I updated this article. However, not much has changed. We are still pretty much on lock down.

Some of you know I operate a Winlink gateway system. The VHF node supports Packet and VARA FM on 145.650 MHz. I just added an HF node which supports Winmore, ARDOP, and VARA HF on 3589 KHz. So far the HF logs show stations connecting as far away as 1,500 miles. Pretty not bad for 50 watts and a home made trapped 80m dipole in NVIS configuration.

Because I pressed the trapped 80 meter antenna into service for the HF node, I needed an antenna for my use. I installed the Alpha Delta DX-LB trapped trapped dipole for 40, 80, and 160. I also have all of the materials to put the R7000 vertical back in service. All kinds of good things happening here in the shack.

Ken LaCapria, KA3POX