We have now moved on to land and have a fixed QTH in Somerset. I will probably miss travelling around the country but I should have more time to play with the radio, it is strange operating from a chair rather than the back step of the narrowboat.
We moved in a few days before Christmas so we are still finding our way around. It took a couple of weeks before I managed to throw an aerial out of the window, (this is literally what I did), I did cut it to 84 feet and tuned it against the central heating as a sort of W3EDP. It was not a great success being only three feet off the ground at the far end, I did manage 20 countries with my 5 watts but it was hard work.
I am now in the process of erecting the Butternut HF9V which I used at my last QTH for about 12 years. I have put down sixteen 30 foot radials, they still need to be buried and I was amazed that the aerial was still more or less tuned to all the bands 6 – 80 metres. I will do the final tuning when I have positioned and buried the radials and routed the feeder cable through the garden. In the meantime I am using it as is until the weather warms up.