30 Jun 2012

First 500kHz OPERA reports

Having managed to match my 6m long coax feed line (as a Marconi vertical) up to the 10/6m halo antenna on 500kHz by adding some inductance wound on a ferrite rod in the shack, I've just received my first OPERA beacon reports on the band from ON6EO at a distance of 220km and G0KTN at 210km. Reports were -30dB and -29dB S/N which is marginal.

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