Worked 40 meter band on Feb 22 2020, calling CQ on 7.25 Mhz with IC-746PRO using multiband antenna from Hagelbarger lookout in Fairbanks. Made contact at 12:16 AKST with KL7EDK, who reported that my signal was “not coming in strong” but said I was S-5. Finished calling CQ about 45 minutes later but did not make any other contacts.
Tuning around the bands, I found what sounded like some kind of data transmission at 14.434.79 Mhz.
Eielson Ionosonde for 12:15 AKST showed almost no data except a blip of E-layer.
Start date and time: 2020-02-12 20:05 AKST End date and time: 2020-02-12 20:30 AKST
Frequency: 146.52 Mhz, simplex
Primary station: KL1TL Hagelbarger Lookout, northern Fairbanks, AK, USA Stationary Operation from mobile station GMC Jimmy, 5/8 whip antenna, 75 Watts, ICOM IC-V8000
AL7N, 20W, Colinear Vertical Airport Way & Market St AL7Z reads KL1TL with all bars, full quieting
KL7AJ, North Pole residence, 50W Homebrew Ground Plan KL7AJ reads KL1TL at nearly full quieting
KL7EDK, Farmers Loop & Steese 10 Watt Quarter Wave KL7EDK reads KL1TL at full quieting
KL4DA, North Pole, location Plack Rd, Northpole, near the Pipeline 6-10 Watts, Diamond X 50A, 30ft off the ground KL4DA reports KL1TL perfectly clear Later switched to Kenwood portable hand-held Kenwood TH-D74 transmitting at 5 Watts KL4DA reports KL1TL having slight background static
AD4BL, 14 Mile Chena Hot Springs Rd Diamond X 50A, transmitting 50 Watts AD4BL reports KL1TL at full quieting
Forgot to record return signal reports, but from memory all contacts easy to understand with some very slight background static. KL4DA’s portable had more crackling.
While I’m not sure if this will drive up my follower count, I want to start keeping an online log of data from amateur radio experiments, such as propagations tests. The idea is to make the data available to anybody who would find it useful, rather than just stored in my memory.
On KL7KC net meeting tonight, we did a secondary portion on “Farmer’s Loop” repeater, 146.300 +0.6 103.5 tone. My location is Glasgow drive, West of Fairbanks, AK, and the repeater is near Constitution drive north of Fairbanks. That is a distance of approximately five miles. Net control reported that my signal was strong and clear when I was transmitting on 75 W, 25 W, and 10 W power. I’m using a 5/8 whip mag antenna mounted on top of my GMC.