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Really didn't the much operating today, in fact I only worked three stations on 17 m. Managed to work V55DLH who I have already worked on 10 m. Had a third QSO with Dan (KB0EO) , he was really romping in with a good 59. I actually have the video camera running and have uploaded onto YouTube.

I also managed today to get my Sirio shifted from my chimney where it was looking quite drunk after the windy weather we have recently. I have relocated it on a pole 27 feet up above my garage. Initial testing is quite favourable and some signals are definitely stronger from around the immediate area. I did also tested on 10 m but there wasn't an awful lot happening. However, I did compare the Gain Master to my three element as SteppIR whilst monitoring station down in Namibia. Actually, the Gain Master performs really well considering the station was not very strong, so far away. The beam antenna is always going to perform better but I think these new verticals are definitely worth going for if you want an efficient antenna that doesn't cost a lot of money and is easy to install in a location where large antennas are just not an option.



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