Ant: Beacon horozontal -3dbD omni.
Following the clearing up of QRM from poorly maintained 11 Kv overheads I am now able to receive sigs in the VHF region.
Stations heard include: EI9E IO62om, G3YJX Cornwall, G3PYE JO, G3VER/P, G4RYE/P, G4ALE/P, G0BWC/P, GI0RQK/P, GM4ZUK/P, MM0CPS/P IO84bt, G8SRC/P, G4OHM, G3CKR/P, GW2OP/P IO71op, G4FVP/P Yorkshire, GI0RQK/P, G3TCU, G3JKY,GM4HAM/P, GU6EFB IN89rk,G5RS/P, GI4SNA IO64xm, G2BQY/P, G5SZ/P, G3RCV/P JO01dh, G3NPI,G3LVP, G0FBB/P, G3WBH, G5LK/P, G4EHD, G4MWS/P,G3TCR/P.
Operating procedure generally good, one GI when sending morse was too fast for easy recognition under weak sig condx. One GM although a clear ssb phone signal suffered poor quality when sending morse. It appeared to me that his transmitter was unstable and oscillating at a low frequency resulting in radiation of spurious sidebands in addition to the intended T9 note. Suggest he was not monitoring the radiated signal perhaps using a sidetone.
Serial numbers were over the 100 level, I heard an EI station working an ON but that station not heard at my location with the poor aerial I was using.
As the severe power line QRM has been overcome I am contemplating installing a simple beam for the 4m band. I have a 50 watt AM transmitter with VFO and a spare 10watt xtal beacon which could be used CW only. At present a 70.147 xtal is installed, I believe I may be able to find a 70.2 xtal in which case I could reappear on the band.