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I've suspended any further tests until I've got my antenna sorted. The corrosion is worse than I thought, so it will have to be a complete strip down & re-build. I also suspect water may have gotten in to the foam dielectric of the phasing harness so that may have to be replaced. I did put some CQ's out but the ALC was limiting o/p pwr to 5 W because of the high VSWR. Thanks to anyone that listened.
de John G8SEQ
From: John E. Beech <email@example.com>
To: UKMicrowaves@groups.io <UKMicrowaves@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [UKMicrowaves] 70 cms tests
Sent: Jun 07 '20 15:38
I've just done some VSWR measurements which weren't very promising. I'm going to clean up the connections and have another go. I've only got 20 W at the Tx & the antenna has 11 dBi gain so won't be a mega signal. However, should be able to work Bath I would have thought. The antenna has some higher lobes which are elliptically polarised so might be able to work you via AS ( Fat chance!), but you never know your luck & you won't work anything unless you try.
I should be ready to Tx again by about 16:00 BST.
de John G8SEQ
> -------Original Message-------
> From: Derek Brown G8ECI via groups.io <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> To: UKMicrowaves@groups.io <UKMicrowaves@groups.io>
> Subject: Re: [UKMicrowaves] 70 cms tests
> Sent: Jun 07 '20 14:47
> Hi John
> Large lump of Lincolnshire in the way, but will put beam in your
> direction and have a listen. Derek in Jo03ai, a friend Dick G8ELW is
> only QRV on 70cm with a very simple setup, he's in Bath, will tell him
> to listen as well
> 73 Derek G8ECI
> On Sunday, 7 June 2020, 13:52:16 BST, John E. Beech <email@example.com>
> Hi All,
> Not strictly microwave but:- will there be any activity on 70 cms
> today?. I've resurrected my 432 MHz horizontally polarized omni &
> would like to try it out. So if any body is available for some tests,
> point your beam at Coventry & you should hear me calling CQ on 432.200
> USB from time to time during the afternoon/evening.
> de John G8SEQ
> PS. Still no go on 23 cms having mechanical problems with new dish