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Spots per uW band today:
UK spotter or spotted only.

Solar data:
SFI
74
A-Index
11
K-Index
4
Exp.K
3
Sunspots
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Activity
qui
GMF
act
Aurora?
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Date:21/11/17 Time:11:47
Temp:13C
Wind Speed:15mph
Wind Dir:225deg
Pressure:1002.72mB
Humidity:118%
Dew Point:16.6C
UKHASnet
Boxing up the 134GHz Gear

I have had a few large Die-cast boxes sitting around for some time so i decided to use them for boxing up the 134GHz gear.
It does not look very pretty but will make it possible to get the units outside for some longer range testing!

The Elcom unit gets rather hot at present so may have to mount it against the box to improve cooling but that will no doubt introduce more frequency instability.

Inside



The horn came from donated Microwave Modules Microlink 60 units which worked at 58GHz.
I'm still on the hunt for alternative antennas because these are not easy to come by!
The horn connects to the 1.6mm waveguide with an extra block of metal, this is a round taper from 1.6mm to 3mm to improve the conversion to rectangular from round waveguide. The match is probably far from ideal but better than direct connection.

Outside - With Horn



I have tested with an old Channel Master 35cm dish, this provided much more gain but not quite as good beam shape.
The icing cone feeds the dish better than open waveguide!

Temporary 35cm Dish Test












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