This is my local hill from home, so is easy to get out to for a quick activation. Andrew G4VFL had posted that he was going to be up Schiehallion with his father, and was keen to try 13cm from there – so he had a few takers! I decided to go for Allermuir as it’s also line of sight to Schiehallion, just over 100km.
The weather has broken! I had to wait for the rain to finish before I could assemble the completed antenna mount complete with dish, and test the motors.
Now the basic structure is built, I can add the motor drives. I worked out the required turning rates to track low Earth orbit satellites (though that is not the prime purpose of this drive). Geared motors were bought on Ebay from China to suit this, along with toothed drive belt and drive belt pulleys designed for 3-D printers.
For a year or two now I have had this little project in the back of my mind; that it would be great fun to receive signals from “deep space” probes, such as the many probes currently around Mars.
This was a short SOTA outing on 2.3GHz in the somewhat vain hope (given the conditions) of contacts to the north. However I was hopeful that I would get at least one contact – which is what happened.
Great talk yesterday evening from Brian Flynn GM8BJF on the use of Chinese PLL boards using ADF devices.
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