Club Station has been QRV on Club nights
Over the last three weeks the Club Station has been QRV on Club nights, transmitting on the 40m, 80m and 20m bands. As every member and any visitor to the Club station knows, the club is set in a wonderful location for radio. The Fort is built on an 80ft high sand embankment, and the antennas on top of another 40ft embankment within the fort. This results in a height in excess of 110ft above the river Humber, and been flanked on 3 sides by salt water. Because sand is an efficient insulator, the radiated RF is not affected by the sand, resulting in the effective antenna height of 110ft a.s.l. and from the reports received this seems to be true.
By transmitting 100W on 40m and into the dipole at 110ft, we are receiving great reports. Our reports from all over the UK are 59+20 to +40dB, and still well over 59+20dB from Europe. On the 80m band we are able to run 400W and the reports received are just so great. On both the 40m and 80m bands we have worked plenty DX, with VK, JA,W6 long path, to mention a few. The higher bands of 20m, 15m, and 10m at the fort are just as wonderful to work. After all, we have ZERO noise level on all the bands, even 160m.
This been said, we are now on our way to working DXCC from the club on 20m, 15m, and 10m. Some of the rare DX out in the Pacific Ocean just seems so easy from the Club station with zero noise. We find that if we can hear it, then we can work it, without a problem.
Here are some pictures taken over the past few weeks of members doing what they do best; getting Humber Fortress DX Club well know in the DX world.
Left to Right Andy G7LRR working DX on 20m with Bob M0RWL Logging, Simon 2E0HDX working 40m pile up
Left to Right 2E0ODL Keith 20m Station &, Robert Keith’s Son Logging for him , Andy G7LRR 40m pile up
Bob M0RWL working the 40m pile up
John G6LNV working 40m
Steve 2E0NSQ hunting for that rare Dx station on 20m