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Geary, would loved to have had an OK station in my log. You are
only about 120 miles or so from me here in Gainesville. N5SLY is
about 30 miles east in Sherman could see people working him, but did
not see his signal at all.
I too have a vertical up, a Gap Titan DX, but have started having
SWR problems at times with it (It is 20 years old). Am too old to
climb the ladder to take it down, so changed to an end=fed wire.
If you have room, look into the QSO-King, good for 160-10 meters.
The one I have is the shorter one, 80 feet I think. Grandson helped
get it up, the end=fed up on a short tower, then used one of those
little drones to take the wire up over a tree, and tied it off on a
lower branch. It works great, not sure of the exact final count
yet, but had over 100 Q's using that antenna, and have been given
several reports that my signal is strong in all directions.
And, have made the change of your email address in the database.
On 1/7/2018 9:26 AM, Geary McDowell
Thanks Rick, I
have have major SWR issues for years here, nine yrs, and no
one has been able to figure them out. I sold my vertical a
couple of months ago, usually my best antenna. I was
checking my small Alpha Delta when the rope broke and it
fell on me. So I had to rely on the big boy, the Alpha
Delta LB+, which was great when I put it up, but pretty
sorry the last few years. As long as I keep my power down
around 20 to 25 watts for all HF comms, the SWR stays around
2.0 or less. Better than the >31 my analyzer normally
shows me. Maybe the cold below freezing wx we had for
several days got the length of that wire the correct length.
HI HI My hearing is so bad about all I do is digital, so
when something is happening it is good. Zero QSOs in the
2017 ARRL Field Day was pretty disappointing, but yesterday
was good. I've been able to do 30-50 a day on FT8 when I do
it, but I like good conversations sometimes too, so I enjoy
PSK better overall. I was happy with my thirty. I did
upload last night, and will again when I see the "all clear"
Rick, seems like I am one of a few Oklahoma stations on PSK
and always glad to give other HAMs OK.
Glad you had fun. That's what it is all about. And
thanks for the QSO. You were my only Oklahoma in
the entire contest! Hope you made some good
progress on endorsements as well. The contests, and
particularly PSK Fest bring out a lot of operators
all at the same time. Please do post your log up to
the contest scorer when Matt gives us the "all
clear." There is no such thing "too few to post."
If you log one QSO you've earned an atta boy
Rick - N7WE
070 - #1602
Jim, K5SP #483
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