10 and 15 metres have been rather quiet lately so I’ve returned to using the Buddipole on 20 metres.
I’ve been enjoying good conditions on 20 metres late afternoon our time after about 08:00z and have worked a number of DX contacts using the Buddipole in the vertical configuration. Seems like my comments about its performance as a vertical at this location were a bit premature.
Countries worked include Portgual, France, Switzerland and the USA so I can’t complain! It’s only about 4 metres off the ground so there’s a result.
The weather is starting to cool down here so I’m hoping to try a beachside set up later this week and it will be interesting to see how I get on. Watch this space.
I set the Buddipole up today on 20 meters, following the instructions laid out on the Buddipole videos and got it all up and running ok.
As anticipated the background noise was at 5/4 or so, making it hard to hear any weaker signals. I called CQ a number of times and was given a 5/9 signal report from Geelong, Victoria (VK3) so it’s certainly working.
I’m not sure if I’ll bother using the Buddipole again as a vertical unless I’m in the field close to the sand or water. I much prefer the whisper quiet conditions that I get from the horizontal dipole configuration.
I had a good afternoon today with DX contacts on 20, 15 and 10 meters, all using the Buddipole as a horizontal dipole. I’m finding the Buddipole works best on 10 meters and I’m getting my best contacts on there when it’s open. I rarely get responses to CQ calls on 20 meters from the car/mobile or when portable, particularly from DX stations and was pleasantly surprised to get two on 10 meters, from Germany and the Czech Republic. The conditions were not particularly good at the time so that was even better!
I’m also enjoying the quietness of the Buddipole with no QRM whatsoever on the bands!
I’ve had mixed results on 20 meters with the Buddipole. The configurations report that came with it suggested that using a vertical configuration on this band maybe best due to issues with the antenna’s height versus the wavelength, so I’m going to set up the vertical as per the Buddipole video and see how I get on. I’ve tried it both as a horizontal dipole and with an L shape on 20 meters. The L shape does not seem to work very well on the band from this location. I’ve called several DX stations who clearly could not hear me, even though I was receiving them loud and clear.
I’ve been getting frustrated with only being able to operate from my motor vehicle, particularly in the hotter weather when it’s too uncomfortable to be in the car.
I was impressed with Stephen’s (VK6HCF) Buddipole antenna which he uses up in Broome and operated with it when we visited there in June, 2011. I particularly liked the way it packs up into an easily portable carry bag which suits me well with my current housesitting lifestyle (I move locations at least 6 times per year).
After much procrastinating, I finally bought one direct from the Buddipole website and it arrived this week. I opted for the deluxe package and also purchased a long mast version with a guying kit.
I intend using it in the back garden whilst we are at Dawesville (we’re here from January until the end of March this year) since I can sit under cover and there are mosquito burners to hopefully keep them away. It will be interesting to see how I get on.
I found the following YouTube video recently of a QSO that I had with Poland in late December. The station that I spoke with did a video of his transceiver with the audio of our QSO and here it is…