I finally finished my much delayed antenna project this afternoon – almost. Still have to bury the RF and rotor cable but that can wait till tomorrow. But with the cable running across the lawn I’m finally on the air with the Yagi and wasted no time in exercising the VFO up & down the bands.
I’m happy and a bit surprised that SWR is indeed flat on 10, 15 and 20 meters – just like the manual said it would be. The tuner makes the K3 happy on 12 meters where native SWR is 4.0:1 and I haven’t tried 17 meters yet.
Working a few semi-rare DX stations in no time flat was fun but even more interesting is the toggling back and forth between the Yagi and that magnificent 8B-DXCC dipole. Sorry, dipole – you’ve been a good antenna but…
Here are some comparisons:
JA on 10m – S7 on dipole, 599+15 on Yagi
3D2 on 20m – inaudible on dipole, 549 on Yagi
9V1 on 12m – inaudible on dipole, 559 on Yagi
V7 on 12m – S3 on dipole, S8 on Yagi
It’s really fun to see a distant station spotted on the cluster, tune to his freq and then turn the Yagi toward him as his signal gets louder and louder. Then keep on turning as the signal weakens again. I’m a kid in a candy store.
I enjoyed working fellow blogger Scot KA3DRR as my 3rd contact on the new antenna. He was booming in from his patio using a BuddiPole. Thanks for the check-out, Scot and yes, I’ll see you in the ‘test next weekend.