Yesterday afternoon I put my home brew take on a pro-whip antenna back up under test I smartened thing up a little so the wire and things will not get in the way of Allison when she wants to use the rotary washing line the following snaps I took this morning. I wanted to check the propagation path on 40m during a couple of hours stopping at dinner time.
I was Hearing: DA4XIQ, DC2XX, DC9FD, DD7FM, DL1FX, GM8LYS, HB9DUK, HB9DVH, LB9YE, OZ7IT, PA4TJ, RW3ADB
And I was Heard by: DA4XIQ, DC2XX, DC9FD, DD6UBW, DD7FM, DF2LV, DK6UG, GM8LYS, HB9DUK, HB9DVH, LA1NRA, LA9JO, LB9YE, MM0BFF, OE3MWS, OH5ZA, OZ7IT, PA4TJ, PI4THT, RA9JB, RW3ADB.
The above snap show’s my take on a pro whip antenna – fishing rod vertical antenna 10m high and with four ground plane radials 10m long the black box is a ununs rated at 200 watt SSB made by Pro whip antennas. costing £15 the wire and insulators I brought from Henry Westlake. and the coax RG58 we brought from Martin Lynch & son’s. I brought the fishing pole from Sandpiper Aerial technology Aberdare South Wales a couple of years ago when I visited there trade stand at the West London Radio & Electronic show at kempton park for about £20.
After breakfast I assembled my home made version of a pro whip antenna The vertical wire is 10m long and the ground plane wire is 10m long I tied the fishing rod onto the washing line tuned up on 40m and worked GM100RSGB located up in Thurso my signal report was 5/9
After lunch I thought I would check how well or not my home made fishing rod vertical antenna will work on 20m I chose to use WSPR pronounced whisper implements a protocol designed for probing potential radio propagation paths with low power each transmission carries the station’s callsign: Maidenhead locator: transmission power in dbm:
I would like to experiment further with this antenna it tunes easy on 40m with a external ATU I used the MFJ deluxe versa tunner II model MFJ-948 However the atu inside the ft-950 tuned the antenna up when I changed to 20m.