I recently received back my Expert 1.3K-FA linear back from its holiday in Italy. I noticed some months ago that it would sometimes fail to start and require repeated presses of the power button. After a short holiday in Italy, the manufacturer replaced two relays, and I thought WPX RTTY was a good baptism of fire.
Apparently, these are the faulty items, now replaced under warranty. Linear was working flawlessly and allowed me to complete 218 QSO on 7 MHz.
Using the doublet antenna, I wasn’t able to find much DX, but using the club call MX0SNB did provide some interest on the bands.
Even after some prolonged CQ runs the liner was able to deliver 400w RTTY and remained under 50 C
Interesting to see the VSWR at 1.01 and the temperature at 50C.
Bands seemed busy, I opted to only operate on 7 MHz and so conditions provided mostly contacts to EU. I was able to work into the USA, and I did hear China and Indonesia although was unable to work them.
I put together this map showing QSO mostly over the EU.
I managed to work 45 countries, with the best DX being Peru.
Always nice to see the bands busy, and RTTY has never been so popular.