Last week I finally took the plunge and started ordering the bits to make a compact VHF/UHF setup, with the idea of it being useful for both normal QSOs and satellite working but not look like an eye sore in the garden as I’m sure the neighbours wouldn’t approve of it!

By Friday it had all arrived comprising of

  • 5 Element 144MHz Yagi
  • 10 Elements 435Mhz Yagi
  • 2 Element 50Mhz Yagi (not up at the moment)
  • Yaesu G-5500 rotator
  • 30m X2 of rotator cable
  • Coax

The above cost me just short of £900, and by Saturday with the help of Dad it was setup and Sunday I made my first QSOs into AO-51 and SO-50 using FM. Radio wise I’m using the Yaesu FT-7800E and FT718 and hand tracking the antenna. I’m still very much learning how it all works together but its great fun and looking forward to many more QSOs