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DennisDawg
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Re: Generators

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Post by DennisDawg » Thu Oct 15, 2015 12:57 pm

Feild Testing is back on . . . Evening and night of Oct 24th from someplace near or around the EL Paso Mountains. A buddy and I will be doing the usual "Red Rock" run with this tossed in.
Local Repeaters On Which You Might Find Me (K6DOB):
  • Big Bear K6BB 147.330+ PL: 131.8 - Keller Peak KE6TZG: 146.385+ PL: 146.2 - Sierra Peak KD6DDM 146.610- PL: 103.5

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Re: Generators

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Post by DennisDawg » Wed Oct 28, 2015 10:26 pm

Testing was done near the El Paso Mountains on the 24th. Unfortunately it was a contest weekend and the bands we full of the masses. This made it hard to stay interested in QSOs. My opinion is that most contests really just clog the airwaves. I could rant all day about it!

Anyway, tested both 20m and 40m successfully. .The generator with is filter still creates some RF on 20m that is annoying. Interestingly the AARL mentions this in reviewing other portable generators: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOH7Ze7wreQ and in the June 2012 issue of QST. So, I think I will be able to work that out.

The Hamstick style dipoles on the tall painter’s pool seem to work. I used a SainSonic RA-07A to adjust them prior to use and ran 100 watts. The painters pole is more stable if one overlaps about 12 to 18 inches of the poles. I want to rig up a way to mount two dipoles to it so I do not have to take it up and down to change bands.

The little generator has plenty of juic left for the LED work lights which are so bright so as to be nearly annoying. The generator was on a 100ft cord, so it is a low hum in camp. It would not take much to make a sound wall to quite it down more. I used about 16 oz of fuel (TruFuel).

So, there you have it, the progress thus far. I am going to work on it a bit and then go test again – it El Nino doesn’t wash away all the places to test!
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Local Repeaters On Which You Might Find Me (K6DOB):
  • Big Bear K6BB 147.330+ PL: 131.8 - Keller Peak KE6TZG: 146.385+ PL: 146.2 - Sierra Peak KD6DDM 146.610- PL: 103.5

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Re: Generators

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Post by DaveK » Thu Oct 29, 2015 6:38 pm

That's good news about your generator.

Before your favorite spots get washed away, let us know when you will be out again and on what frequencies and we will try to make a contact.
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Re: Generators

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Post by DennisDawg » Mon Nov 02, 2015 12:35 pm

I got in touch with the guys involved in the QST article about the little generators and noise. They are so cool. I am going to order the filter that did well in the article (Corcom/Tyco 6609037-2) and also maybe play with the FT240-31 cores they had some success with. I will play at home, then I will plan a test again, depending on weather and all that. I have a boat load of other projects and chores to get done before I get in trouble!

It did work well enough but for a 20m. The semi-portable setup had come a long way since its first test, so I am getting happier.
Local Repeaters On Which You Might Find Me (K6DOB):
  • Big Bear K6BB 147.330+ PL: 131.8 - Keller Peak KE6TZG: 146.385+ PL: 146.2 - Sierra Peak KD6DDM 146.610- PL: 103.5

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