Fun with Microwaves ... or Running the Flex 6500 on 10 GHz

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So I got my new tower up the past few weeks and finally my 10 GHz transverter on the mast.

This is a Kuhne G3 10 GHz unit, with the locked PLL, a Kuhne 0.7 dB preamp, 10W PA and built into a waterproof mast mounted box.

Down in the shack I have one of the Flex 6500's connected into the Kuhne TR144 transverter to take 144 from the 10g tvtr down to 28 MHz.

First run Sunday was a bit abortive due to some wrong IF gain settings

Today I reset them and once the tower was back up the ZL2VHX beacon was loud!

Not only that but a wave of weather moved through giving some rainscatter and enhancement on the sigs from the beacon which is some 370 Km away in Wellington.

Pretty cool for a Flex 6000 series and def a huge benefit with the pandapter :)



if you want to hear spread sigs on 10 GHz here u go :)

https://soundcloud.com/simon-lewis-11/zl2vhx0930utc4oct2016

Cheers

Simon ZL4PLM
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Simon Lewis

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EA4GLI - 8P9EH - Salvador

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Very cool.
Is there a way to do the transverter configuration so the panadapter reads the correct frequency?
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Simon Lewis

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yes you can easy to do and setup in the transverter page
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Jim W3IPO

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Good work on ideas for getting onto microwave.
Your website  http://zl4plm.com is great.
73,
Jim W3IPO
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Simon Lewis

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thanks Jim - I'll be posting plenty more info as I develop the site more - keep revisiting :)
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Simon Lewis

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http://zl4plm.com/index.php/2016/10/05/first-steps-with-10-ghz-from-the-new-qth/

there you go Jim you can read a bit more on the 10 GHz fun :)
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Simon Lewis

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https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DwfEeOgM0csA&h=hAQGwVB...

some great scatter tonight with some storms around

The 6500 is really an awesome took for 'seeing' whats going on

At VHF and up its a MUST
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Simon Lewis

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwRNjHHDGdU

More fun!

last night ZL2VHX was really wide and spread due to rainscatter.

Check out the broad beamwidths a weather front bring :)

Note - I am not moving the frequency of the VFO - the tone changes due to the change in path and phase on the rain front.

I was moving the dish off its normal direct path of 043 degs - I moved the dish to 017 and then back to 060 degs then finally back to 043 degs

Some fun experiments in microwaves :)

And all visible due to the awesome waterfall and panadapter of the Flex 6000 (6500 in this case)

Cheers

Simon ZL4PLM
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Ken - NM9P, Elmer

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Very interesting. I never heard anyone tune their rig with their antenna rotator before!

Nice demonstration of Doppler shift, too. You've got the beginnnings of your own weather radar, ha, ha!

Ken - NM9P
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Simon Lewis

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just gotta turn the rotator quick enough!!!
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Tim - W4TME, Customer Experience Manager

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Very cool.
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George Molnar, KF2T, Elmer

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Any Flexers out here in he Southwest USA doing 10 GHz?