Monthly Archives: August 2012

2 meter dipole with Buddistick vertical

Tonight I decided to play around with my Buddistick vertical setup to see if I could make a 2m dipole for ssb contacts. I drilled and tapped a piece of 1/8″ aluminum flatbar and used it to mount my 2nd adjustable whip. I could actually hear some of the Monday night RMVHF+ Net from outside the house, but it was really faint. I flipped it vertical and keyed up a local repeater. I’ll try this again on an upcoming SOTA trip. I plan to ultimately build up or buy a portable 2m/70cm Yagi for this work. This setup will be nice if it works since I’m not carrying anything extra with me.



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SOTA alerts for this weekend

I’m planning to do 3 SOTA summits this weekend while we’re camping up on Independence Pass between Leadville and Aspen. Hopefully in the following order:

Saturday 8/18/2012 at 10:00 local Mountain time: W0/SR-108 using QRP 14.343 SSB and 146.52FM
Saturday 8/18/2012 at 14:00 local Mountain time: W0/SR-115 using QRP 14.343 SSB and 146.52FM
Sunday 8/19/2012 at 10:00 local Mountain time: W0/SR-020 using QRP 14.343 SSB and 146.52FM

I’ll have my TH-D72A beaconing to

I’m trying to pick up an Arrow Yagi for 2m. If I have that in time, I’ll try both FM and SSB on 2m.

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Yaesu FT-817ND with Buddistick vertical

Made big headway today with my new setup. I had only made one contact so far and was getting frustrated. The SWR meter on my 817 showed nothing so I assumed everything was tuned correctly. I finally hooked up my old Micronta 21-525B gifted to me by K1LQH, and found my SWR on CW was 3:1! I shortened the whip about 12″ and immediately was copied 5-9 by a station in CT and another in MD!


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