QSL card v0.1

A first stab at my QSL card. I mocked it up in GIMP. Stamp icon clip art is from the Discovery Education’s Clip Art Gallery at DiscoverySchool.com. ARRL diamond logo is from ARRL. The small x-ray is a radiograph of Wilhelm Roentgen’s wife’s hand, made shortly after his discovery of x-rays in 1895. The big x-ray is a radiograph of my Yaesu VX8-DR.

Antenna location, location, location

ZS6BKW variant of the G5RV has been ordered as well as 100′ of RG-8X coax with PL-259 connectors on the ends. Now to figure out where to put the antenna up.
I don’t think I want to have 94′ of wire stringing out in front of the house, so that’s out. There are neighbours on one side of the house, and the power lines/SCEG right-of-way in the back of the house limits the amount of space I can use there.
That leaves the other side of the house, which faces a neighbour’s wooded property. With some assistance, I can probably get the antenna set up in an inverted V arrangement with the apex in one of the trees along the ditch. I just need to make sure the line stays out of the ditch and mark it so that the people who go through the ditches trimming back vegetation don’t take it out. I thought about maybe securing the ends of the antenna to the house, but that would put the antenna at an angle which I’m thinking would probably end up producing a less than optimal radiation pattern.
It’s too bad the tree behind the house didn’t survive the house construction. It would have been a great antenna mast.

Antenna shopping list

I think for the first antenna at the house I’m going to go with the G0FAH/ZS6BKW variant of the G5RV multi-band dipole antenna.

It’s a simple antenna, a bit shorter than the G5RV with a slightly longer ladder feed line and from what I’ve read online about it, has pretty decent SWR in most of the ham bands I want to operate in.

Shopping list:

I can either make one myself, which doesn’t look all that difficult, or get an already made one. Total cost ends up being about the same either way.

Still need to figure out how to put it up. There are some trees hanging over the ditch next to the house that have some sturdy looking branches that look like promising antenna supports.

There are a few constraints I have for getting the antenna up high: anything I use has to fit in the car and there’s a limit to the height I can reach easily. The power lines running behind the house also limits where I can put the antenna and supports. Maybe I can get some of the club members to come out and help me figure something out.