VHF/UHF Field day log pages and checklists

These two files may be of use to other entrants in the VHF/UHF contests.

The first is an empty log page which you can simply print on your own printer.  These are for handwritten logs.

The second is a spreadsheet template for the Australian VHF/UHF field days.  The first worksheet is the summary sheet and worksheets for each band follow.  There are only a couple of formulas and they are in the scoring table.

The template, if opened in either Excel or OpenOffice will create a new spreadsheet.  When you save it will be to a spreadsheet file.  The template will be unchanged so it can be reused.

New antennas for 1296 MHz

I received the two 18 element yagis for 1296 Mhz and they appear to be strongly made. We will see whether they are any better than the previous antenna.  I have borrowed a splitter for them and will use that for the Summer field day in mid January, unless I can make my own before then.

I found a website offering data on stacking distances for yagis.  For a boom length of 1.5m on this frequency the stacking distance recommended is 2.4 wavelengths, which works out at 55cm (23cm wavelength).  The feedlines on the yagis are about 25 cm long but that’s not long enough to reach the power divider, so additional connectors and cable will be needed, eating into the stacking gain.

Next step for 23cm is to configure the power amplifier so it can be operated remotely from the tent.  I read some comments on the UK microwave reflector about power levels from IC910H not being up to the 10w level expected.  Time to get out the power meter and check mine out.

Preparing for spring VHF/UHF field day, November 15/16

This week’s project is to prepare for next weekend’s VHF/UHF field day.

I plan to operate from a mountain southwest of Canberra, with equipment for 50, 144, 432, 1296, 2403 and 10368 MHz.  The first four bands are bands I have used before but the last two are new for my station.  The 2403 equipment will be a simple transverter driven by a FT290R radio on 144.  The antenna for that band will be a grid type dish.

The 10368 MHz equipment has been borrowed from another local amateur.  It is a transverter driven by an Icom IC202 on 144, the antenna is a dish.  It all mounts on a tripod which readily allows azimuth and elevation adjustements.

On all bands the main mode used will be voice, using upper sideband.  For some contacts with more distant stations, morse (CW) will be used as it is much easier to hear weak morse signals than weak voices.

2008 winter VHF FD at Red Hill, Canberra

The equipment was set up and taken down each day as I was not able to stay overnight.  The morning temperature on Sunday was about 5 which was much warmer than it could have been.  Some contacts into Sydney on 2m and 70cm, with an attempted contact on 23cm with Adrian VK2FZ.  Contacts made around town on all bands and a visit from Ian VK1FOTO (later VK1IS), John VK1JST and Charles VK1CM.  Power was from the GMC 950va alternator.