[VHFcontesting] FN55 rebuilding

Sean Waite waisean at gmail.com
Mon Jul 18 21:36:58 EDT 2016

Hey Paul,

Glad you got your equipment. With any luck we'll hear you in September,
give a listen out for K1SIG/R!

Sean WA1TE

On Mon, Jul 18, 2016, 19:24 N1BUG <paul at n1bug.com> wrote:

> So there is no cure. I stayed away from VHF for 10 years but I could
> never get it out of my mind. I felt depressed every time there was a
> VHF contest or band opening and I wasn't there!
> I very much enjoyed working the June VHF and CQ VHF contests on 2
> meters with a very marginal setup. I was more than a little
> surprised by what I can work with practically nothing from a
> marginal location.
> Things to come:
> By September I should have 5 to 6 dB more antenna gain on 2 meters.
> I am still wavering a little, but almost certain I am going to be
> converting my 6 meter amplifier back to its original band, 2 meters.
> This will give me legal limit on 2 but reduce 6 to 100 watts for the
> foreseeable future.
> By September I will probably have a marginal presence on 222, with
> improvements to come in the future. I just finished bench checking a
> 222 transverter which is 100% ready to go. I need to build an
> antenna and some reasonably non-aggravating IF switching scheme.
> I have a 1296 transverter in hand but it is going to take some
> effort to get going on that band. It almost certainly won't happen
> until 2017.
> I am very grateful to those who recently came to my aid in acquiring
> equipment and working the bugs (BUGs?) out of drilling round booms.
> I am on my way back...
> 73,
> Paul N1BUG FN55mf
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