Properties of the horizontal dipole above the ground

The radiation pattern in the vertical plane perpendicular to a horizontal dipole over perfectly conducting ground is given by the equation: where α is the angle to the horizon (the radiation characteristics in the facade perpendicular to the axis of the dipole), and h is the height above ground in electrical degrees (where 360 electrical […]

Mosley MINI-32-A antenna test

Mosley MINI-32-A antenna test: assembly, failure, repair, measurements and start of HF5L/p in IARU SSB R1 Fieldday 2019 contest Field work, e.g. FieldDay contests – is a great opportunity to check in practice the suitability, strength and equipment parameters. We have made some test for the Mosley MINI-32-A antenna. Why did we choose this antenna? […]

HF5L/p in IARU SSB R1 Fieldday contest 2019

On the 7/8 September weekend, the HF5L team took part in the Fieldday SSB contest organized by DARC. This time in the preparations and the contest took part (in alphabetical order of call signs): Ewa SP5-1593, Andrzej SP5DDF, Mirek SP5GNI, Sławek SP5ICS, Marek SP5ISZ, Marek SP5IXS, Zbyszek SP5JSZ and Maciek SP5LCS. The place of installation […]

ADALM-PLUTO development kit for (not only) Es’hail-2 satellite

Adalm-Pluto (Analog Device) SDR radio starter kit was received for experiments by courtesy of Michał Trzaskowski from Richardson RFPD. This device gives completely new possibilities when it comes to cooperation with the first geostationary amateur satellite Es’hail-2. To name a few: thanks to the large bandwidth of the receiver (up to 6 MHz) it is […]

ICOM IC-705 SDR – A new toy for trips

Icom has presented at HamFair, taking place at the Ariake international exhibition center on the artificial island Odaiba in Tokyo from August 31 – September 1, 2019, a new compact portable QRP IC-705 transceiver, working with the use of SDR technology. Main Features: TX Bands: HF, 50 MHz, 144 MHz, 430 MHz plus 70 MHz […]

Storm Monitor – it’s worth having weather warnings in your cell

After the tragic events in the Tatra Mountains in Poland on August 22, 2019, many people ask the question: could this have been avoided? After all, it was impossible to give an official warning, because as meteorology experts and notable on TV claimed, the expected rainfall and wind did not exceed the alarm limits (!). […]

Meeting of the Virtual Division PZK OT73 at the HF5L club

On July 29, 2019, a social meeting of the VOT 73 PZK Division took place at the HF5L club headquarters. The highlight of the meeting was a lecture by Marcin SP5ES on the course of the 3Y0I expedition to Bouvet . Marcin presented an extremely interesting photo gallery from the expedition and videos illustrating the […]

Xiegu G90 – Transceiver for QRP operations, and digital emissions

QRP work has many advantages, especially during holiday trips. I have been practicing it for years – especially from the Greek islands. However, I have a problem: the elephant has stepped on my ear which I use to receive CW. Last time I was actively practicing CW on the RBM-1, as an operator of “Operation […]

Es’hail-2 (or QO-100) for beginners

I bought a 80 cm satellite dish (16 Euro), a converter (4 Euro), installed it on the roof and set it up on the satellite (Dish Pointer was very helpful for azimuth and elevation finding). In our conditions, a 80 cm satellite parabola is a reasonable minimum when it comes to the receiving antenna. I […]