Improvement in band condx or a well performing antenna?…


Well the first 10 days with the new antenna have been great. Trying various bands and modes as seen a remarkable increase in the DX since the G3TXQ Hexbeam (by MW0JZE) was erected.

The antenna was installed as a replacement for the 2 element SteppIR. I was’nt sure how it would perform as the SteppIR was just amazing. Its difficult to compare unless they are tested ide by side but at this stage I have no complaints whatsoever about the Hexbeam (good job Ant!) and I am not missing the SteppIR at all which is a big surprise. Here is a selection of the DX worked over the last few days on 12 and 15m.

15M ; KH2/WM1D, P29FR, BI7LSI, 8J7HOPE, 8N1WHALE/1, JAPAN (30+)  HL (15), ZL4RUGBY, XX9LT
(Many more worked on 17 and 20, these are just a selection)

Whatever the reason, the antenna or propagation, let’s hope it continues or a little longer!

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Charles M0OXO

I was born in the 1960’s and have lived all my life in the Coal Mining Town of Barnsley in South Yorkshire, Northern England. My parents were all from this area of Yorkshire and my father worked in the main Industry of the local Collieries as a face worker. I have been married to my wife Debbie for 35+ years and we have two children and two grandchildren.

I have been licensed for around 20 years after my interest was re-kindled when I retired from my role as a Police Officer within South Yorkshire Police Force. The latter few years were spent as Radio Operator in the Force Operations Control Room at Sheffield, before my career ended.

IOTA chasing is (and always has been) my real passion, as climbing the ladder to reach Honour Roll status was always my main aim. The 1000 Islands Trophy is still out of reach but I am heading in the right direction. I am currently a Board Member of IOTA Ltd and IREF.

In my free time I am a keen Photographer of Wildlife, Aviation, (anything really) but the QSL Manager role is my main passion within Ham Radio.