From Paul, W1GHZ i got a dual band feedhorn for offset dishes for the 10GHz and 24GHz band. It was somehow funny to explain the customs officer what it is ;) Now it is my turn to complete the station and get on air. I am excited.
dual band feedhorn, 10G/24G
dual band feedhorn, top view
Last weekend another DUR activity from Triebenberg JO61XA. This time 23cm only. I did not modify anything in my setup.
The conditions were better than usually but degraded during the 3 hours. I was able to work OZ3ZW, HA8MV/p and also DL7QY just to name the 3 most far stations out of 22 QSO.
In the end this was a new record for me from JO61XA with a sum of more than 3000km.
The other side of the medal: usually the far stations are just workable after a ping in KST chat. Fortunately i could work OK2UYZ and DH7OT random this time. On the other hand this activity contest should gain some activity on the bands and this it achieves with and without chat.
I think now i need to improve my station again now. Probably some more power on 23cm. 10GHz and 24GHz are in the pipe but it depends on my spare time when i will complete them. At least W1GHZ promised to send me one of his nice dual-band feedhorns.
During UHF/SHF Contest from JO60LK i had a new contact with DK5WMA in JO60MT.
The new distance is around 43km and a new ODX for me. The signals were really strong this time and it paid out to move
the RX PCB and the detector to metal boxes. No radio demodulation anymore and ufb AM QSO,
Later on it worked also with DO1CTL and during the night with DH0LS.
The picture shows my laser station and the green point from DK5WMA in the middle of the foto.
Laser ODX with DK5WMA (JO60LK-JO60MT)