I’ve had a little bit of luck on 10m in the last few days. I’ve heard a number of stations and was able to work a few. While they come across as weaker reception for me, most are able to work me. Best I had was a new contact in Mexico with an S7 reported back – for me on my vertical that’s pretty good.
I started looking around at other options, and reviewed some information in the Antenna books I have. Pre-builts are not that expensive it seems – such as the G5RV and it’s variants, and even some other verticals like S9 etc. Some people even sell the telescoping poles which may be of interest at some point – will see which way I lean.
On another front, the local radio group held a meet-up on 652 for those interested in getting their Worked All Winnipeg (WAW) award. Work 25 local stations direct and get confirmation — so, while I already logged my entries back in the early 90’s, I never did submit them – so I will have to make sure I submit my new entries now. For those interested, here’s the link: http://winnipegarc.org/awards.html
I’m very interested in the Canada Winter Contest starting up this Friday – link here: http://www.rac.ca/en/rac/programmes/contests/files/2012%20Canada%20Winter%20Rules%20French-English.pdf Will be great to test out changes to the antenna.
Hope everyone has a great Christmas and enjoys the season –
73, Dan, ve4drk