K1TEO, Jeff FN31 5 down 5 to go!

While my 72 foot crank up survived the May storm that took down my 89 foot tower, most of the antennas on the tower were either destroyed or severely damaged. I’ve had to look at the broken and in some cases dangling antennas for the last 2.5 months. Yesterday and today I worked to remove the mess and then put up new antennas. This tower had a large 6M antenna on it that was destroyed but since I redid the 3rd tower in the backyard a couple of weeks ago with 6 meters, I decided to put 222 on this tower. 222 had been on the bigger tower but I decided to lighten the load on that tower to avoid future problems. I used to have 2 X 23 el M2 on 222 several years ago. I went to a single one about 10 years ago and fortunately I had the second one in the basement when the other was lost in May. So that is the long antenna in the picture you see.
Above that is 4 X 76 el on 2304. 2 of the antennas were completely destroyed and the other 2  lost the front sections. I’ve haven’t actually found those sections – I assume they blew off into the woods and I will probably find them when the foliage dies off this fall, hi! Terry at Directive Systems did a great job getting me the new front sections as well as 2 brand new 2304 loopers to put the array back together.
Next up the mast is 4 X 76 el on 3456. Somehow these antennas actually survived intact. All the other antennas were broken in the front part so I guess the 3456 antennas were short enough to miss the other tower when it fell. On the top are a pair of 47 element 903 loopers. One survived and the other broke off in the middle and was dangling by the support boom since May. Terry was able to get me the 2 front sections of the looper so I could get it going again.
Hopefully if all goes well I will get back on 144,432, 1296 and 5/10ghz sometime this fall or if not next spring. 5 bands down and 5 to go! If any of the 205 group will be on this weekend for the 222 and up contest I should be on some of the time on 222,903, 2.3 and 3.4 to give out some points. Pass along my best to the group.
Jeff K1TEO

KA1ZE/3 limited activity N5LJC GRID 150

My antenna stuck at 250 degrees is in a great direction for working meteor scatter.  7-29-2018 I picked up NON-EME GRID 150 for 2018. Billy N5LJC EM51 was really rocking. He worked several stations including Jay, W1VD FN31.

WB4JWM EM83 was GRID 149

KG5CCI EM34 was GRID 148

KD7YZ EM88 was GRID 147

AC0RA/R EN50 was GRID 146

KO0Z EM59 was GRID 145

KA1ZE/3 FN01 in CQWW VHF Contest

My participation in the contest will be minimal. The antenna situation in FN01 has now dipped to a new low. The smaller 4 X 5 element stack is no longer accepting RF.  My only option is my top 4 X 12 element array. This is still functioning but will not constantly turn. It has been stuck in the 90 degree overlap area for the past 2 weeks. Sunday morning I will be driving to pick up friends in Miami… Good luck to ALL, have fun and “make some noise”  Stan

K1TEO, Jeff FN31 back on 6 meters!


Hope you’re doing well. At this point, about 2 months after I lost my main tower and all the antennas on my second tower, I am finally back on ……1 band. Only 9 more to go, hi! You will recognize this tower (EZ way) since you spent a full day up on it building the side mount a long time ago. This tower had basically been out of action for many years – I took down the 4 X 5 El 6M array you helped me put up and had a large tribander and a couple of the 5 El 6M beams on it for the last 14 years. But the side mount rotor died and then the main rotor so it was used very little for the last decade or so.

I took the tribander down a few weeks ago which was a big job since I didn’t want to tilt the tower over with so much weight so had a climber take that down. Then redid both rotors, new coax and a much taller mast above the tower. Spacing is now 17 feet between the top 6m antenna and the middle one. Using an Array Solutions phasing system to feed 1, 2 or all 3 antennas. As before the bottom (used to be bottom 2 when you last saw it) antenna has limited turning ability but is useful from SSW to NW. The top 2 are fully rotatable.

Anyway, hope to get back on 4 more bands if all goes well in a few weeks (222,903, 2304 and 3456). Just waiting on some new hardware from DS. The other 5 will have to wait until a new tower arrives likely mid to late fall. A lot of work to go to get back on but at least one is up and running, hi!

Jeff K1TEO

Tropo report W1VD, Jay FN31 7/8-2018-7/10/2018


7/8/18 – 7/10/18 tropo report from FN31:

Things started off Sunday morning with several weak signal contacts to OH and MI on FT8. It was obvious listening to what you and others ‘out west’ were working that we weren’t really in the duct. Heard none of the multitude of stations you were running throughout a good part of the day. Around 9 pm local the duct finally made it here and over the next few hours worked a series of stations starting with OH and progressing west to IL, MI and WI. Around 11 pm local propagation had stretched out to W7XU in SD (best DX at 1225 miles!) Signal levels with Arliss were sufficient for a rag chew on ssb.

Checking the band early Monday morning netted K0TPP in MO (955 miles) along with a series of contacts with OH, MI, IL and WI … some of which were repeat customers from the day before. Ducting lasted until mid morning.

Monday evening’s APRS map showed no red blobs leading one to think conditions might have returned to normal. That was not to be. Later in the evening red blobs reappeared. Conditions were enhanced down the coast and inland as far as KJ4MCZ and KC4AAW (677 miles). A CQ to the west brought back K9YR in IL (773 miles) followed by a number of other stations in IL, MI, WV and OH.

Some remnants may have remained Tuesday morning … several station in OH and MI were worked on FT8 but were rather weak … possibly within normal FT8 range.

Below is an edited log of the over 400-mile contacts from the past couple days. Repeat callsigns are due to different days, different modes, etc. A total of 15 grids and 9 states were worked.

Would be very interested to see what you worked!

(my log can be found here: http://205morningreport.com/index.php/stan-ka1ze-3-fn01/ )

Jay W1VD

The great conditions that I had covered a very wide area. EM84 211 degrees to EN46 301 degrees. I split my power between 2 antenna stacks. The top stack of 4 X 12 element yagis has been difficult to rotate and was left at 260 degrees. The lower stack of 4 X 5 element yagis rotated to the calling stations.