Well it's finally happened, the Optibeam is up and running. I decided to have a look on 17 m today because being the weekend, there was a contest on. I managed to work quite a few stations within Europe, nothing spectacular though. Then I went onto 10 m a little bit later on and have a nice reply from G3VHB/MM who was sailing his private yacht off the coast of Mauritania. I made a short video of the first few contacts I made and 17 m today.
After nearly 5 weeks we have finally constructed the Optibeam 11-5 and installed it on top of the 17 m Radio Structures tower. At the time of writing this blog post, we haven't actually connected the radio to the antenna yet, that will hopefully be coming in the next few days. But I know a few people who have been following our progress had been waiting for news on the installation. Come back soon for news on antenna testing and brand-new videos of myself operating HF