This evenings meeting was just pencilled in as a ‘noggin and natter night, but we started with a bit more of a radio theme…..
Stuart, G0TAL has decided to get rid of some of his old radio equipment that is sat gathering dust in the attic, but before being listed on eBay, it needed testing to ensure it worked ok….
To this end Ian, G7DWY brought his Bird Thruline power meter and Doug, G4DZU provided an element to cover the HF bands.
The radio was then tested on transmit into a 50ohm dummy load, and the results were pretty good with the radio delivering its full rated output on the HF bands, but being a little down on VHF – it probably needs a little tuning.
We then connected it to the club aerial and verified reception on the HF bands.
The meeting continued, debating many diverse subjects, not all radio related, but all of interest.
As the meeting was finishing, I turned up the volume control on the club HF rig and had a tune around 17m (18Mhz). One call got a response from Tony VE3AXW in Brantford, near Toronto in Canada. Not bad for a non resonant dipole and 100w!