Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Getting a fresh footprint on 432 MHz at the Palm HQ
I've been getting emails about a Monday night weekly net on 432 MHz run by Steve, N4PZ down in Mount Morris, IL which is a 130 mile shot from me. Since I recently acquired a 22-element boomer for 432 I thought last night would be a good time to try things out.
I assembled the yagi, attached it to a 9 foot piece of PVC, lashed it to our clothesline pole, hooked up a feed line and routed that into the house. The SWR isn't perfect, but not bad -- I can probably tweak that a bit for a better match.
I pointed the antenna in Steve's general direction and waited for the start of the net some hours hence. But then I noticed that Bob, K2DRH, was on the ON4KST chat so I asked if he could give me a shout on 432.100 MHz. In the meantime I ran outside and swung the beam to point more or less at Bob. Sure enough, a few minutes later I heard Bob in there (he's also about 130 miles from me) and we were easily able to make the QSO. Bob thought it should been stronger but since I just guesstimated his direction it probably could have been optimized.
When that antenna gets up to 40 feet and I kick in the amplifier I should be very solid indeed on 70 cm.
Posted by thepalmhq at 7:31 AM