Re: EURAO Party 30M
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I'm using a Carolina Windom 160 ocf dipole. VSWR on 30 meters is not good but the transmatch in my rig matches it to a 1:1. It is about 3.5:1 with the tuner switched off. Obviously efficiency is not very good with the feedline losses etc. but it does transmit and receive ok on 30. In a year and a half, I've worked 48 countries and 27 US states on 30 meter PSK31 but there are days at a time when no stations show up. Just not much activity compared to most of the other bands.
Also, a typical 100 watt HF rig would probably successfully operate at reduced efficency into a fairly high VSWR on 30 meters with 30 or 40 watts out without any issues with the PA transistors. You might only be delivering 15 or 20 watts to the antenna after the feedline losses etc. but with PSK31 and 10 MHz propagation, you might be surprised how well you can get out. That low power probably would not damage any antenna traps either.
HamSpots does not show many 10 MHz PSK31 sightings even when 40 and 20 meters are both open and WWV and/or WWVH and other 10 MHz stations are coming in.
Date: Mon, 22 Dec 2014 17:42:54 -0500
Subject: Re:  EURAO Party 30M
Well, I’ve just been on 30 for only about 20 minutes and already have worked about 5 or 6 people and there are more there but I have to take a break already and walk the dog!! so 30 is doing rather well here.
I’m running a Zero Five 27’ Vertical and seems to be doing very well on 30 right now. Worked AL, OK, NY and even saw 2 German stations but light copy on them. I should have tried to call one of them I guess. Also hearing FL and MS stations.
Dan Morris KZ3T 070-1065