Who is getting a new .radio domain?
Issue 103 of the CALLING CQ newsletter was mailed to subscribers about 36 hours ago, and the Web version has now been posted. Minor differences between the two may be noted as I cleaned up a few typos. I continue to make these available on the Web because Yahoo Mail continues to mark the newsletter as “spam” and rejects delivery. Yahoo Mail users might as well not subscribe but look for the Web version instead. The twitter account has been handy for these updates. Follow it here.
Larry, W2LJ noted yesterday that the Elecraft K1 transceiver kit is no longer available.
More about that awesome 160M vertical designed for the Bouvet Island operation:
The DX Engineering and Bouvet Island teams have worked together to design an efficient 90-foot top loaded 160-meter vertical antenna that can be installed quickly and safely on Bouvet Island by the 3Y0Z team this January. With a good radial system the difference in gain between a 120 ft (full quarter wavelength) vertical and this custom 90 foot top loaded vertical is less than 0.5dB. The antenna uses a custom designed heavy duty hinged pivot base with base insulators to accommodate a 40-foot falling derrick 3 inch heavy duty pipe for installation.
The vertical is base fed using two inductors to match to 50 ohms. The first 70 feet of the vertical is Universal Aluminum tower (12-inch face) and the top 20 feet is 1.875 inch diameter aluminum tubing. There are guys at 30, 50 and 70 feet. There are also three 30-foot top loading wires attached to the top of the tubing that are tied to anchors 60 feet out from the base.
DXE is donating two of these vertical packages to the 3Y0Z team in case one gets damaged (there are 300 storms per year on Bouvet).
Want to know more? Check this video.