buddipoleA great birthday present this year: a BuddiPole! Always wanted a simple but flexible portable antenna for the outdoor activities. Until now I used a glass fiber fishing rod with 2 pieces of wire so I could work on 20m. But that is not a small package which you can drop in your rucksack easily.

The BuddiPole is a cool piece of hardware which you can build almost anything you (portable antenna-wise) would want. It’s usable for 40 to 2m. It’s possible to build a much smaller vertical BuddiStick with the components of a BuddiPole. An ideal solution for apartments or hotel stays where it almost impossible to setup a big (even portable) antenna.

On little side note: when you’re in the ordering process, consider what kind of base you going to add. You can choose the tripod or (in the BuddiStick-modus) the table clamb. Because when you don’t order a base(like I did) you have nothing to put the dipole on.

Now I really need to fix my Yaesu FT-817 so I can test my portable setup on a quiet place somewhere out there.

Hello everyone! It was a while since I post something here. Thats because we enjoyed a little holiday in the south of France. Not the Alpes this time but we went to the Dordogne. Very nice trip! We rented a big house with swimming pool (although it was way to cold to swim in it) and a nice garden in a place called La Lardin-Saint-Lazare (JN

When we arrived I immediately setup the ‘travelkit’ containing a fishing rod, about 6 meters high, a few wires for a 20m inverted V dipole, some coax cable and ofcourse my good old Kenwood TS-50 and AT-50. Very nice singals from all over Europe! Noise level below S0 what is so rare these days. Even made qso with Cuba and Florida!

SouthGateThe multi-national DXpedition team scheduled to be active as 9X0R this coming weekend between March 16-27th, has added another operator to their team. The new operator is Benard, F9IE.

The 9X0R team plans to have at least 3 stations on the air on the following suggested frequencies:

CW – 1824, 3504, 7004, 10104, 14024, 18074, 21024, 24894 and 28024

SSB – 1845, 3795, 7065, 14195, 18145, 21295, 24945 and 28495

RTTY – 7035, 10140, 18100, 21080, 24920 and 28080 kHz

QSL via EA5RM.

For more info on the DXpedition, please visit their Web page at: http://www.9x0r.com

Source: SouthGateARC