More 10 GHz Garage DXing

Saturday morning, Peter VA3ELE made a trip out to the grid boundary at EN82/EN83/EN92–all of which would be new grids for me on 10 GHz. K2UA came over to my garage and we operated from under cover to stay out of the generally unpleasant weather–30’s and raining, eventually turning to snow. Rus brought over a kerosene bullet heater to keep our feet warm and also made some great videos of the mayhem.

357 km–best DX yet!

Peter then moved across the grid lines to EN83xa and EN92bw…

As an added bonus, Tony K8ZR made a trip up to Lake Erie to give me my first contact in EN91 and grid #9 from the garage. At this point the rain had turned to wet snow at my place.

281km through snow and rain!

My 10 GHz station is an older DEMI transverter with the 2W PA and a venerable FT-290R/II IF transceiver. A rebuild using an SDR, preamp, and GPS referenced LO is planned for this winter, probably after the January VHF contest. This will involve a more robust mechanical arrangement for portable operation.

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