House work almost done

The work on the house is almost done for this year. Left to do is some painting but then it will have to wait until next year before we do the last side of the house. Now it will be all radio from now on this year! I am still hoping that we might get the 40m tower up, it would be a huge help if we just had it up even if not rotatable, so we could fix a yagi for 20 and 40m towards east. That would make us a lot more flexible, so that will be the goal for this autumn.

For the weekend of 8-9th of September we’ve planned to take down a 60m tower which is located up north outside of Gällivare. It is a tower which was put up in 1985, so its 10 years older than my 60m tower and built by OH8QD. It seem to be in very good shape and if weather allows, we might have it down on Sunday the 9th of September. SG3P (SK3W) is coming up to help along with SM2NOG, SM3JLA and SM2XJP.

If this goes well we will know what our big project for next year will be…

SM2LIY was also joining us at the QTH last weekend and spent some time in the forest putting up 500m of RG-6 to a vertical which will be used for inband listening. We did some early tries with his IC-7400 as receiver and it seem to work quite well. However I think it would work even better with a radio which has got better IMD performance (maybe a good roofing filter), so I will make some tests with the MKV as RX and compare. Plans are to add a new radio to the shack in the future, and it will probably either be another MKV or a TS590. The preamp seem to work well, but I’ve got some idea of maybe making another type and use just to compare, but we will see…

Hopefully our major amplifier problem has also been solved, but I’ll get back to that in a future post when things are final.

Pictures were taken by SM2XLL

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