Listening and Field Day (FD) Preparation.

With some help from a friend I now have the ability to listen to HF from the apartment. In the evening at home I can listen to eighty, forty and twenty meters fairly well although there is some noise.

I repaired the 80 meter antenna with a new center piece. The old center feed had no connectivity to the antenna. The problem was just rusty connections. There is a new center piece now and it is all coax fed. Twenty meter wires have been added to the antenna.  Normally I use a balun, but just wanted to test with out one and will eventually swap one into the 80/20 antenna. I put together a forty meter dipole,  a fifteen meter folded dipole fed with 300 ohm ladder line and a G5RV. The plan is to test these before FD with the MFJ-259b which had to go to the factory for repair.

The MFJ-259b was damaged by static in the middle of the antenna experimenting the second day I had it. All I can say is ground everything before plugging into the device. There are some very easily damaged diodes on the input.

I am on vacation this next week and plan to try to test the antennas here at the apartment or at a park. This afternoon there are plans to check out another area park for field day.



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Amateur Radio operator, television broadcast engineer living in Minnesota.
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