Month: August 2015

Working Happisburgh Lighthouse on 70MHz

Selim M0XTA went to Happisburgh Lighthouse for the Lighthouse On The Air weekend 2015. He set up a 70MHz station on top of the lighthouse, using a ⅝ λ vertical. I had a listen from home and could just make out a signal in the local noise I get on 4m at home, so I decided to go out portable and give it a try.

The 70MHz slim jim on 10m pole

The 70MHz slim jim on 10m pole

I set up a slim jim made from 450Ω feeder on a 10 metre fibreglass pole on a small local hill (away from the QRM) and used the Anytone AT588 with 50w on FM. There was some slow QSB, but we made the contact. He was 105 miles from me (see map). Not bad for no beams and FM!

Happisburgh Lighthouse Distance Map

Happisburgh Lighthouse Distance Map

I took a tiny bit of video on my phone, which is below.

70MHz Cumulatives – 9th August 2015

Some amateur friends (that sounds odd, but you know what I mean!) were playing radio this weekend from the Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker in Essex. I decided on Saturday to build a 70MHz Yagi and have a go in the 70MHz Cumulatives contest. I had some spare aluminium and wanted an antenna with good performance that wasn’t too bulky and therefore easy for portable operation. I decided to build a DK7ZB design as I have had great success with them in the past.

70MHz 4 element 12.5ohm DK7ZB Yagi

70MHz 4 element 12.5ohm DK7ZB Yagi

I decided on Version 1 on this page. Its a 12.5Ω design and has around 8.24dBd gain. The gain vs size is excellent, matching Yagi’s almost twice the length, except this one I can fit in the car. The compromise is the narrow bandwidth, and therefore tolerances were very small and build was rather critical. I adjusted the antenna slightly in EZNEC to suit my ½” tube. First tests with the antenna showed that it was a perfect 1.0:1 SWR at 69.5MHz and 1.7:1 at 70.2MHz. I trimmed 10mm off each element and that got it spot on 70.2MHz. We did well in the contest and a QSO map is available. We worked 40 stations in 2 hours, which I think is good for 70MHz. Our best DX was PA4VHF at 449km.

70MHz Cumulatives QSO map

70MHz Cumulatives QSO map

Thanks to George M1GEO for allowing me to use the site and Dave M0TAZ for the use of his mast!

70MHz DK7ZB Yagi on mast

70MHz DK7ZB Yagi on mast

70MHz 4ele 12.5ohm DK7ZB pattern

70MHz 4ele 12.5ohm DK7ZB pattern

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