The snow melted, the
rain stopped, and it was antenna growing season in central Illinois.
My first project was a two element 40 Meter Phased Vertical Array.
I opted to use the DX
Engineering DXE-4030VA-1 which is a full sized 40 meter vertical with a
trap to allow 30 meter operation. As you can almost see in the
picture I mounted two of them in the woods in a Northeast - Southwest
orientation. It was a lot easier to put this array up before the
leaves cam in. I use the Comtek Systems PVS-1 control box.
The antenna works
well giving me about 3 DBd gain and 15 to 20 DB front-to-back in the NE
and SW directions and about 2 db gain NW and SE. It even has a
pretty good pattern on 30 meters. My first QSO with it was VK9GMW
on Mellish Reef, long path, for an all-time new one on 30 meters so I guess it works.
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7 July 2011