I have some holiday this week, so amongst other things, I decided to get a new antenna up, something I have been wanting to do for a while. My original plan was for a dipole with each leg about 50′, but on looking at how I would squeeze this into my small plot, it wasn’t possible. Well, one leg was, but not the other! So, as in most ham things, time for a compromise. A few years ago I had successfully used a half size OCFD (Off centre fed dipole), with one leg of 44 feet and the 22 feet, giving an overall length of 66′. Fed with open line feeder, this tuned 7 Mhz – 30 Mhz with the use of a tuner.
So this was what was erected yesterday. This time I used 450 ohm line as that’s what I had in the cable bin, and instead of running it through a tuner, I just use a 9:1 unun, as at the moment I am receive only.
Initial tests seem to give improved signal strength over the 45′ long wire I was using. Conditions yesterday, and especially last night, weren’t that good so it is hard to tell yet.
Being on holiday has also given me the time to do some listening during the day. This was nice as there a lot of stations on I don’t normally hear. A new country for me was Eritrea, having logged the ‘Voice of the Broad Masses’ station last night.
So, onto the logs:
15735 Khz Uzbekistan R. Japan 14:13 UTC English. News about Japan including details about a joint US/Japan military exercise. ID at 14:15. Followed by ‘R. Japan Focus’ program. Details about how Japanese immigrants moved to Brazil, along with the music from a Japanese singer with songs about these immigrants. Some QSB on the signal. The broadcast ended with ID and schedule information from 14:29 – 14:30 SINPO: 42344 2015-09-02
15825 Khz USA WWCR 14:33 UTC English. Religious broadcast SINPO: 42333 2015-09-02
13590 Khz Thailand VOA Deewa Radio. 14:40 UTC Pashto. Discussion program with male announcer. SINPO: 43333 2015-09-02
13760 Khz North Korea V.O. Korea 14:44 UTC French. Male announcer with news. SINPO: 43333 2015-09-02
11540 Khz Thailand VOA R. Ashna 15:40 UTC Dari. Male announcer SINPO: 32233 2015-09-02
11630 Khz Kuwait R. Kuwait 15:44 UTC Arabic. Female announcer with background music. Followed by further music. SINPO: 33333 2015-09-02
11700 Khz Swaziland TWR 17:30 UTC Amaric. Male announcer. Heavyily splattered by CRI on 11710. SINPO: 31233 2015-09-02
11735 Khz Zanzibar ZBC 17:36 UTC Swahili. Female announcer. Discussion program with background music so I guess its a musician. Some interference from R. Belarus on 11730. Pop music followed this. SINPO: 33333 2015-09-02
11770 Khz China PBS Xinjiang 17:44 UTC Chinese music. SINPO: 33333 2015-09-02
11985 Khz Northern Marianas RFA 17:54 UTC Korean. Female announcer. ID at 17:55 SINPO: 43333 2015-09-02
12005 Khz Sri Lanka R. Farda 17:56 UTC Farsi. Male announcer with discussion program. SINPO: 43344 2015-09-02
12065 Khz Australia R. Australia 18:00 UTC English. ID followed by news. Female announcer. After the news, ‘Life Matters’ program. SINPO: 43344 2015-09-02
12120 Khz Phillipines R. Philipinas 18:07 UTC Mixture of English and Philipino. Female announcer with news. SINPO: 33333 2015-09-02
7175 Khz Eritrea V. of The Broad Masses 18:20 UTC Music. Occassionally blotted out by a Ham tune-up tone. Music followed by male announcer in Arabic. SINPO: 32223 2015-09-02