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12 element yagi for 2m used at home in March 2011

Shack in the shed

The temporary operating location in the shed used in the JMMFD and in the QRP hours contests. Computer came in handy for checking the rules. The FT817 next to it was the radio used for the QRP contest, running 5 watts output into the 80m dipole.

The IC910 is used on 144, 432 and 1296 MHz. Above it is an Emtron antenna matchbox and there is a 2 amp 13.8v power supply on top of the Emtron. The antenna rotator control boxes are to the right of the IC910. Beneath the lower bench is the power supply for the IC910H, a memory keyer (Idiom Press, 4 memory type), an MFJ audio filter. The keyer paddle on the right is my old Brown Bros paddle that is still in great working order. Next to it is a kit-built paddle from American Morse that I bought at Dayton Hamvention in 2010. It is very small and quite light.


The antennas at the Yass property, as set up for operating events in April 2011.

The mast in the foreground is supporting two wire HF dipoles. This was set up for the QRP Hours contest on 2nd April.

The masts closer to the shed hold VHF and UHF antennas. These were set up for the JMMFD contest in March.

The dish has a future role on a microwave band above 1296 MHz. It now has a twin (non identical) which was available at the right price.


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Grid Squares

Maidenhead Grid Square locator codes are now in common usage around the world by most vhf/uhf operators and contest organisers. Make sure you place your Grid Locator on your QSL card and be ready to exchange grid locator codes with stations you contact.

If you don't know what they are or how to figure yours out, this article by Guy VK2KU (SK) explains it all really well.

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