To work 3 stations there is a need for 2 laptops + a 21” monitor, The monitor allows 2 MSHV windows (2m + 6m) to be shown side-by side, with the main laptop display to be used for KST chat and other computer activities. The 3rd MSHV (4M) window is running on the netbook (above the Pro3).
At the time of writing this, on VHF we have made 96 QSOs; 42 on 6m, 14 on 4m and 40 on 2m, including 16 on 2m EME.
This is the the room used as the main HF operating, typically SSB.
The Decca is symmetrical with opposite layouts at each end of the building. At the other end, in the opposite room, is another HF station mainly used for CW, an HF data station and the VHF/UHF satellite station.
So 4m has not had the best start. We are experiencing higher than usual inter-station breakthrough from HF into the 4m RX, here is an example of it at its worst;
This is a combination of about 3 HF stations, and as you can well see it’s impossible to work anything on 4m through this QRM.
Lots of investigations ensued and found that even at low power levels, 100w, and with all stations using band-pass filters, the interference was still apparent and we had no way to cure it, the only conclusion is we have something nearby which is causing a “rusty bolt effect”, there is little chance of curing it.
The site we are operating from is an old Decca transmitter site used for navigation and we believe there is a network of ground radials underfoot and the building has an integrated faraday screen, and probably many other pieces of metalwork we have yet to see.
The good news is we have found a combination of bands which work now well with 4m and 4m operation is yielding QSOs again, so if you see us on the band, or on ON4KST chat, then give us a call.
One issue though, and it’s a biggie, is during the investigation phase, alignment of a backup transverter was in progress when it went into TX oscillation which resulted in too much RF power being delivered into the MRF-151G final PA which in turn destroyed the device. The workaround has been to use the Yaesu Quadra on 4m as the final PA driven from the G4DDK 7w RA07H0608M pre-drive PA, this setup can achive 80w out the Quadra on 4m, this isn’t so bad as it’s only 3dB down on the MRF-151G output. It does mean however 6m must run barefoot (80w) from the K3 when 4m is using the Quadra but can be set back to 400w when 4m is not in use.
Tis year the 6m beam will be mounted on the Camb-Hams /P trailer mast at 13m AGL. The mast itself is 10m and it is at this point we mount the Ham IV rotator and above the rotator will be a 4m pole which we normally put both the 6m and 4m beams on. This year we are putting 4m beam onto Flossie’s 20m mast and will mount the 6m beam near the top of the trailer mast pole at about 13m and above it a Solarcom imax-2000 vertical for 10m.
This leaves lots of potential movement above the rotator on a windy day so we have decided to support it using a slip-ring.
We are using a Yaesu GS-065 which comes with handy guy rope mounts and to connect to them 4 runs of 8mm nylon rope terminated with thimbles and D shackles which will make assembly much easier.
This preparatory work I can not stress enough. The few hours effort back home means we know the guy connections will be good whoever connects them to the guy points, no worries about bad knots, and the time to assemble and pack away is much reduced, which if the weather is poor at setup or teardown you’ll be very much appreciative of the effort you put in before setting off.
As there are 2 guy points on the 6m mast, the lower one is at the rotator 10m up and the second will be at the guy slip ring 3.5m above that. As such we have 2 different lengths of guy rope, the tops ones are 23m and are marked with “TOP”, the bottom ones are 20m.
Originally John G4BAO made this up a guys slip ring before I opened my new GS-065 box to find Yaesu supplies the rope attachments.
My only concern with Johns design is the stress on the right angles, this thickness of extruded aluminium should be OK, however the supplied Yaesu parts seem better and less likely to fail, this is just me being over cautious.
We find that vertical antennas work for us on most bands. We also use vertical Dipoles for HF bands above 20m, there are a few reasons why verticals should be considered for a DX’Pedition;
Low weight to transport
Small size requirements to transport
Quick and easy to setup
Easy to tune and change as required
Minimal guying needed (3 only)
The only draw back is RF can flow back down the outer of the coax radiating in places it shouldn’t. This is acceptable (but not ideal) in a single station environment but can be a contributing factor to breakthrough issues in a multi station operation like we normally run, this year upto 5 HF and 4 VHF stations running at one time.
The way to solve this is to add a choke to the coax. Some people just make 6 turns of coax at about 5 inch diameter but this is not always sufficient. Ian GM3SEK has written lots on the subject of chokes and this year we have made some to help improve our station.
To understand the benefits of SEO for your business, you first need to understand click share.
Here are some images you can use to better understand click share:
SEO For A Small Business
It’s very easy to realize the potential of the marketing. There are many times where you can see an increase in online traffic. However, you should focus on the business success first.
Since your business will start to gain more traffic by promoting a few brand-new pages, why not aim for being more popular?
Because without traffic, you will not have a business.
There is a very simple way to find out how much your website is ranked for a given keyword phrase. It’s not complicated at all.
Let’s say you’re browsing through Google on a PC, and you notice that one of your Google search terms is appearing at the top of the page. You click on that keyword and you are greeted with this page:
Just to review, this is the current URL of your page:
Remember that URL you have just clicked on? It is still live and your visitors are still looking for your page.
Now let’s add this in our conversion tracking software:
As you can see, the URL that we are using has changed. So, we are able to see how many visitors to our website have already landed there.
Now, let’s add this into Google Analytics.
Now, you have an opportunity to take a closer look at how many visitors to your website land there. You can also use this information to help increase your website rank.
How does SEO for your business benefit your website?
At first, you will receive a boost in your rankings for your chosen search terms. But, if you put together your numbers, you can realize your increase in traffic is not nearly as much as you thought.
With the help of SEO, you will definitely get more visitors to your website. In fact, if you have enough content on your website and an active social media presence, you can become more popular than you already are.
But, don’t get complacent. If you ignore SEO for too long, you will lose your business, see here!!
Here are some tips for improving your SEO strategies:
First of all, spend time creating a link audit. Use tools like MajesticSEO to check if your links are working.
Go to Google search, enter your keywords, and click the Search button. The results should be quite a bit different from what you think.
Next, look at your rankings. Are your keywords located high or low? Look at the competition. To improve your ranking, you need to work on improving your site. If you continue to do what you’re doing, your rankings will quickly drop.
Improve your social media posts to receive more links. Make sure to create a great image, write a great and relevant description, and make sure you keep your profile up to date.
Finally, make sure to use backlinks to boost your websites ranking. At the very least, every year you should re-evaluate the backlinks you have.
A Better Way To Track Rankings
One other aspect of your SEO strategy that you need to look at is your rank tracking.
If your SEO campaign is ineffective and you see a drop in traffic, what are you to do?