HF or High Frequency

HF runs from 3 to 30 MHz, but the 160 metre band is generally also thought of as also being HF. While some people chase DX on 160M, it is usually thought of as best for providing "local" communications, say out to about 1000 km. The 80M band is the work-horse for most "local" communications. The 40M band can be good for DX, but is a good band to try if 80M won't quite cut it for more distant communications. The 20M band is often the most useful band for DXing. 15M and up can provide good DX at certain times of the year and certain times in the sunspot cycle.

I'm often listening on 3729 KHz. This the BC Public Service Net frequency. It is held 365 days a year, at 01:30 GMT... 17:30 Pacific in winter and 18:30 in summer. The EMBC net is held on Wednesday evenings on 3735 KHz at 19O:00 Pacific time.

If you don't catch me on HF, the other place I'm usually listening is on the "Salt Spring Island" repeater VE7RSI 147.320 MHz + 88.5 Hz FM as well as C4FM. I also usually monitor 146.595 MHz which is used here on Salt Spring Island.

PSK - I have dabbled with PSK31, mostly using DigiPan. I and grabbed a screenshot of the tail end of a QSO 20M back in 2010. It is an interesting mode that can work sometimes with some incredibly weak signals and with each station using only about 15 Hz.

FT-1500, FT-857 and TNC-X

Yaesu FT-1500 and Yaesu FT-857 at back, and TNC-X with lid removed in front.

Yaesu FT-857 with lid removed

Yaesu FT-857 with the lid removed to install the then optional DSP filter.

Ladder Line Feeding 204 foot G5RV at about 50 feet






There's a 204' G5RV up there somewhere!

MFJ-945E Tuner

MFJ-945E Tuner - connected between FT-857 and 204' G4RV

PWRGate from West Mountain Radio with the lid removed.

Keeps a battery charged and automatically switches the load to the battery during power failures.

Well Organized Cables!

To make it easier to find things, cables should be neatly organized!

[ top ]