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E51QMA on 160m

10. listopadu 2006 v 13:21 | Petr, OK1RP |  Band reports
E51 news on 160m coming from Mike, KM9D...
Conditions were not brilliant today, but I did manage to add another 100 Q's to the 160M log. Lots of operators felt the need to dupe me on top-band, but it was probably a way of offering encouragement as much as any thing else. Just before I went to the station at midnight (zone time), we had a tropical downpour and the local weather made for a noisy receiver; that coupled with the fact that signals were not especially loud made it very painful at times.

For 160M I used a classical top-loaded vertical (or T-antenna). The radiator is all aluminium tube (11-meter height) and I used 2 elevated (1/4 wave) radials.The feedpoint features another W2FMI described 'un-un', but this one has multiple taps to accommodate various impedance transformations. I've used various 160M antennas, but I think I am going to build this one again.

I like to situate the BigIR between the 80M and 160M antennas and I can 'retract the element' to reduce the mutual coupling between the radiators.

I'd love to get on the air and compare my 100-watts with whatever they're using on the other side at E51PDX.

I'll start taking things apart today, but leave the 80M antenna for a later attempt at Europe. My friend Dietmar, DL3DXX was an operator at XF4DL and won't arrive home till 11NOV. He needs North Cook on 80M and I want to give it a good try.

Oh, by the way, my 160M signal was copied RST229 at HA0DU this past week. That's a very difficult path; I only received the report via e-mail and although we made a concerted effort subsequent to that one instance, we were not able to complete a QSO.

Thanks for your interest.

73 for now,

de Mike, KM9D
(originaly reported on TOP band reflector)
 

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