I have been playing with a new Triquint ULNA device (TQP3M9036). It
Shows a lot of promise. It is like a MAR or MSA device in that it is
50ohm in and out. and has a claimed NF about .4db nf ( their numbers).
I have built several pramps to test them and have gotten even better
than they claim and they cover 50-1296 with ease and NF is .4ish or
below. The S11 and S22 are both great and the OIP3 is +35db also
...very nice device. It has great promise as a good terrestrial LNA.
Preamps are foolproof to build and would cost under $50 if all the best
quality parts are used.
Just for information only ...
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I’m ready on 6cm with the same dish I’m using on 3cm.
Despite the strong local 5 GHz WiFi noise, had a nice 579/569 first QSO with this setup today with HB9Q, thank you Dan !
Setup is a 3.7m dish and 60W at CP feeder.
I can be QRV on 6cm or 3cm most of the days, skeds and tests are very welcome, as usual.
qrv 70cm, 33cm, 23cm, 13cm, 9cm, 6cm and 3cm.
I also missed a lot of sleeping as most of you ;-)
Made 19 analog qso's during those long two nights. Got a ssb contact
with PI9CAM when they tx with 50 watts or less. Nice!
Spent a lot of time looking for more stations, but maybe low activity
during my window.
Additionally made 9 jt qso's, 6 of them new contacts. Some of them could
be worked in cw as well.
Had some probs with defective contacts of my control cables and lost a
preamp. But no matter it was really funny.
Will not party in the contest because of the ARRL rules.
Hope to work you soon!
73, Slawek dl6sh
We had a successful demonstration of 3 cm EME at the Microwave Update
Conference in St. Louis, MO on Oct 13, 14 and 15. I was located in EM48ss in
the hotel parking lot. The antenna was a 1 m offset fed dish made by
Winegard. Power was provided by a GaN device delivering 30 watts to the
feed. I used a KX-3 IF and DEMI transverter locked to a 10 MHz Isotemp TCXO.
I was not able to take advantage of measuring moon noise as a pointing
assistance as there was a local beacon up the band that was getting into my
GR-1216 noise meter. I plan to look into better ways of measuring moon noise
over narrower bandwidths ...However I drug out the compass and was able to
get reasonably close on azimuth and when we started hearing stations we
could easily optimize the dish and establish a new azimuth reference. The
theoretical 3 dB beamwidth of the 1 m dish at 10 GHz is 2.2 degrees. My dish
mount is calibrated in 1 degree increments making it easy to update once we
find the moon. Elevation readout was provided by a Sears digital level
placed on the offset dish feed support. Based on prior sun noise
measurements, I determined that the arm angle was 3 degrees below the actual
pointing angle of the dish. I requested that other stations who wished to
call me do the mutual Doppler correction on both receive and transmit so
that I could receive and transmit on 10368.050 MHz.
On the first moon rise, we did work on JT-4F G3WDG at 2257Z, OZ1LPR at 2305Z
and OK1KIR at 0042Z, We attempted contact with K5GW on cw but it was
confirmed later that Gerald had some tracking program issues and we gave up
for the night. The attendees were able to copy K5GW calling us on cw so that
provided a good demo to the guys. The tones from the other 3 stations were
also heard in the loudspeaker. so despite the fact that we had to manually
(with some luck) keep it on the moon without the help of moon noise, we did
On the second night, we had a repeat QSO with G3WDG at 2342Z (thanks Charlie
as you confirmed we were on the moon) and WA3LBI at 0023Z. I then ran a sked
with K5GW with me doing the mutual Doppler correction on both receive and
transmit and we established contact by 0130Z. We then went back to CQing on
.050 hoping for further contacts. We were surprised and pleased to make a
contact with G4CBW at 0135Z who was only running a 1.5m dish. We finished
the evening with a nice contact with OK1CA.
Thank you to the stations we worked and my friends who helped me with setup
and teardown.73 de W5LUA 10/17/2016
As the VHF manager who organised the VHF theme at the RSGB convention I would like to publically thank Peter for another really inspiring talk.
Some 45 years ago as a young amateur I went to a talk by Peter on EME at a RSGB convention in West London. As a result of Peter's talk I was hooked on EME for life.
On Saturday, after Peter's talk, I was aproached by a young amateur in his early 20s who had never seen anything about EME before. As a result of Peter's talk, which focused on 5.7GHz EME, this young man told me that was what he really wanted to do in amateur radio. This is a story that many others in the UK will also recognise.
So Peter again, "thank you" - 52 years of EME and still inspiring newcomers.
Date: Mon, 10 Oct 2016 16:04:45 +0100
From: "Peter Blair" <g3ltf(a)btinternet.com>
Subject: [Moon-Net] My talk on 6cm eme at the RSGB convention
To: "Moon-Net" <moon-net(a)mailman.pe1itr.com>, "freetalk moonnet"
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My thanks to everyone who sent me pictures, notes etc for this talk It was well received and I understand that there will eventually be film of it and all the talks at the convention on you-tube. I wasnt able to use all the material but the support I received from you all in the 6cm community was terrific. Thankyou again.
73 Peter G3LTF
I have for sale a PA for 23cm made by Marko LZ2US, using TH327.
The PA is practically unused and has never transmited. It was part of my project of setting up a 23cm eme station at my summer QTH but I have no time to be there at all but 1 week per year, so it was never completed. It is not worth having it there and never using it so i decided to give it a way.
Here are the specs:
Tube :TH 327
Output : >2000 Wattas
Gain App. :9dB
Efficiency App. :32% linear Mode
Voltage :220-240 Volt
Voltage :3 phase 380-405 VAC
Will be delivered in a wooden box.
I am asking Euro 1,000 + shipping from Athens to anywhere you like, preferably within EU. If there is a good home for this nice PA, please email me direct.
Pictures are available upon request.
The SVHF Society will hold our convention in Charlotte, NC this year on
April 28 and 29 at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Charlotte Airport,
2600 Yorkmont Road, Charlotte, NC 28201. We have arranged rooms at $95
per night plus tax; you can call 800-222-TREE and ask for this rate
under the name "South East VHF Society". Early registration guest room
rate of $89 per night plus tax is offered for reservations made by
February 6th, as we have extended this rate for another week. You can
use this link: https://goo.gl/9olzMo to reserve a room online, and
should be good until mid April.
Until our web site gets updated, you can download a registration form
at: www.w2zv.com\gary\2017_SVHFS_registration.pdf and then print it and
fill it out and mail it to us with a check. Or, you can mail just the
form to us, and use PayPal to send the money to the account: "
treasurer(a)svhfs.org " and please include your call in the notes when
I hope to see you there. Gary Greene, W2ZV, conference committee member.
For newcomers: The idea of activity weekends is to encourage activity on the higher microwave bands outside contest weekends. There are no restrictions... if you wish then use the logger, telephone, HF....and use any mode. It is not a contest. It enables everyone to make QSOs, test new equipment, feeds, preamps etc. Hopefully some of the big guns get on and provide signals for newcomers to look for.
We try to have these in the summer time ( N. hemisphere) when its easier to throw stuff together for an initial try, the best weekends ( high dec/ low loss) have already been selected for contests and there are other clashes as well. Looking at the weekends between March and August inclusive, I suggest the following
March 4/5 13cm, May 6/7 3cm June17/18 6cm, August 12/13 9cm
Its really hard to find suitable dates this year so if others have better suggestions then please make them. In past years these weekends have proved useful but there is no pressure to participate, maybe on 3cm there is now enough random activity to not need one?
73 Peter G3LTF