Steve W3HF

Bernie -

I had never thought of it, but I guess the way the filament is wound
in an incandescent bulb, it makes a coil that must be tricky to tune.
A broadband antenna sure sounds like a real improvement.

I'll have to give it a try. Maybe I won't even have to reset my MFJ
tuner when I switch bands. I'll be that will save me a lot of time
during the contest!

Thanks for the wonderful suggestion.


I've had really good luck using a florescent tube, they are more broad
banded, and when you transmit, they help light your shack.

73, Bernie / KF4FHS

----- Original Message -----
From: "Stephen J. Melachrinos" <>
To: <>
Sent: Tuesday, April 02, 2002 3:59 PM
Subject: Re: [070] Re: PSK DX

Steve, makes no difference how you hook them up, just terminate in
a large light bulb, preferably a burnt-out one. Jay, KA3X
Jay -

Thanks for the suggestion. Does it matter what wattage the bulb is?

If I use a 40 watt bulb, I should get 7 dB gain, right? (My two
radios put out a total of 8 watts. 40 / 8 = 5, which is 7 dB.)

But if I use a 150 watt bulb, I should get almost 13 dB of gain.
(150 / 8 = 18.75, which is 12.7 dB.)

So I guess I should use the largest bulb I can find, to get the most
antenna gain. That must be why you say to use a "large" light bulb.

Boy, I sure appreciate all the fine technical help I get on this
mailing list. You guys are sure swell.


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