So I was curious why I hadn’t heard from Jim, 9X0JW / KB1ZSQ on the air yet. I got an email from him the other day, and the situation for him is difficult. He detailed several of the issues.
- RFI – Apparently everyone loooooves to use cheap lightbulbs that have horrible RF emissions on HF. I can’t blame the Rwandans, they’re not a rich country, but its annoying. (anyone know the best way to get this one fixed?)
- Lightning – Weather is a big factor, apparently they recently had some nasty storms that knocked over some antennas on the roof where he’s staying. I’ll need a rock solid grounding system in place wherever we are.
- Earthquakes – I don’t think I can do much about earthquakes.
So with the bad news out of the way, I also found out that installing a vertical antenna is possible. Jim recommends I bring both a vertical and a dipole.
Alan KE4TA, 9Xsomethingsomething