Lots of activity to report from KD8JHJ. Saturday my ground man (my son Wyatt) and I hoisted up a 30 meter End Fed Half Wave wire antenna up 30 feet. This antenna is resonant at 10.125MHz and allows me full band operation between 10.100MHz to 10.150MHz with less than 2.0 SWR. 30 meters is one of my favorite ham bands. 30 meters is a digital data/CW only band with a 200 watt maximum power restriction. 30 Meters is one of three WARC bands open to ham radio use in the high frequency spectrum. WARC stands for World Administrative Radio Conference. In 1979 this group set up these bands for world wide amateur use. Because the WARC bands are relatively narrow about 100 kHz or less there is a gentleman's agreement that the WARC bands not be used for contesting. This is ideal when the big contests take over the other traditional bands leaving the WARC allocations as a haven for casual contacts and experimentation.
The Weather has been a bit warmer and calm compared to the recent blizzard conditions so I jumped at the chance to put up a new antenna. We have a foot of snow on the ground and more to come in the forecast. The EFHW antenna's feed point is up my TV tower about 28 feet just below the EFHW 40 meter antenna at 30 feet. Both antennae are supported by the same tree branch about 70 feet from the tower. The length of the 30 meter wire is 46 feet. The spacing between the two antennas is about 3 1/2 feet.