Sunday, August 31, 2014

My Homebrew Hexbeam at the Shelby Hamfest

I sold a couple of my Hexagonal beam instruction manuals, a Timewave DSP and a Hexbeam Spreader Kit.  For those that want to purchase my Hexagonal beam instruction manual in PDF form, send me an email (to and I will provide payment details.  Those that want a hardbound version will be $25 which includes shipping to CONUS   For an electronic PDF version send me $15 through Paypal   Those that do purchase will be entitled to any updates that I will make to it in electronic form as a PDF file.  The Hexagonal beam was flawless as I worked the Colorado QSO Party with good reports.  SWR at 14.000 MHz was 1.6, 14.200 was at 1.1 and 14.400 MHz was 1.3.  I probably could have lowered the SWR another tenth if I had raised the antenna another 4 feet.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Homebrew Hexbeam Center Post with Coax Inside PVC Tube

With a little patience this can be done and the photos are here to prove it.  This is for my second hex beam.  The first photo has most of the daisy chained coax inside.  This the connection for 17m.

The second photo shows the long tube ready to be cemented.

The third photo shows the finished 20 meter connection as well as the PL259 to install the feed line.

Here is the assembled centerpost.  The only thing missing is the cap with the eyebolt.  A little silicone caulk to make sure all joints are sealed and this assembly is watertight.

Monday, August 18, 2014

New Confirmations for DXCC All Time New List

#236 A25CE Botswana - Card
#237 ZL7AAA Chatham Islands - Card
#238 NH0J Marianas Islands - LOTW
#239 S01WS Western Sahara - Card
#240 8Q7TS Maldives - Card
#241 4W/NY1C Timor-Leste LOTW

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Postman was Good Today

Nice to get 4 pieces of good mail this morning.  After close to a year, I finally got my WPX Certificate shown below:

Also confirmations arrived for Botswana A25CE and Chatham Islands bring my DXCC confirmations to 237.  This also earns me another sticker for CW for 225.  Also in the image below is the confirmation for Sierra Leone 9L1A on 80m.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Confirmation #235 St Helena ZD7VC finally arrived

This was a contact made in October of 2013 when I made my first QSO combining the Hexbeam and the Drake L4B.  As I recall, WM4AA was at home with me helping me raise the Hexbeam.  We saw St. Helena in the cluster and decided to give him a call on SSB.