Attic Antennas Can Work AA2SD ! Success on the 222 MHz Tuesday Activity Night
AA2ASD- As a new operator living in a townhome with restrictions I can not put up a large VHF Yagi antenna, that’s why I got into Roving and POTA. Recently I added a “stacked” pair of small ELK 2/440 Log Periodic antennas with a small tv rotor in the attic which works well for our local Pack Rat Nets. I also built a “Cheap Yagi 6-element 222Mhz” antenna using the boom from a discarded aluminum office easel stand, with elements from Harbor Freight brass welding rods with good success.
In my attempt to work the “Big Guns in the North East” I needed more gain and added a 12 element custom built ‘N3RG” antenna from Ray, which was built to the K1FO design. To get this antenna into the attic I cut the boom in 3 locations, and installed removable safety pins and carefully reassembled it back into place set up for Tuesday Night operation.
During my first Tuesday Night attempt on 11/29 I was able to work David K1WHS 324 miles in Maine, and Ron WZ1V in Connecticut 164 miles using a 35 Watt Demi Transvertor with a FT-991A. I also used ON4KST to coordinate contacts for the first time. I also worked W8ZN Terrance, W2INF John, WA3NUF Phil and KA3FQS Tom.
A special Thanks to Phil WA3NUF and Jim KC3BVL for the encouragement to give it a try on 222 during Tuesday, and Ray N3RG for the custom antenna build. For a Pack Rats Newbie this was an exciting event, and I appreciate all of the PackRat Club support and comradery.
I hope to work you all as a Rover during the Jan VHF Contest ! link for Rover Plan. and see you on the air on Tuesday evenings on 222 Mhz Night.