|[AMRadio] "Heavy Metal Night"|
ars.w5omr at gmail.com
Fri Dec 29 09:56:24 EST 2006
Ed Sieb wrote:
> These same piss-weakers usually abide by the maxim: "The weakest stations
> make the longest 'Ol' Buzzard' transmissions" and usually get stomped on by
> any SSB station that comes on frequency, appartently thinking there's no one
That being said, there's only a hand-full of NorthEast operators who's
signals ever make it as far south as South Central Texas. The leader of
the pack, it should come as no surprise, is Tim/WA1HLR. Tim is probably
the farthest away from here, yet consistently has the strongest signal.
Now, I realize, not everyone can have a Mountain top and several ~200'
tall towers in which to construct a 'Lazy H' antenna on bands as low as
160 meters, but WB3HUZ has been heard here with relatively low-strain,
and KA1SI (is that still Steve's call?) has a fairly consistent signal,
as does WA3VJB. Another couple of beacons on 75m AM is W4QCU, and
WA4KCY, and of course, I've already commented on how strong Don/K4KYV is
here, all the time.
There have been several nights that I've listened to WA1HLR talking to
others in the NorthEast who don't even raise the noise-floor on the
From the West, I've heard K7YOO/Skip, Mike/KO6NM, Dave/W6PSS, a WA2
something in Arizona, and KL7?? (my memory is shot) up in Tum-Tum
Washington. I don't hear much of any other stations out there.
Locally, Marv/KC9VF is centrally located in Western Oklahoma with a 192'
vertical and 'hundreds' of radials plowed into the ground, and a T-368.
ALWAYS a -big-time- signal, regardless of where I've been mobile. When
Marv is on the air, I hear him.
From personal experience, it just seems that getting an antenna, at
least part of it, up at 1/4 wave length above ground, makes all the
difference in the world. That, and perhaps changing the feed-line to
450-ohm ladder line, or some home-brewed open-wire line.
Just my opinion. Your mileage may vary. Void where prohibited by law.
Some restrictions may apply.
73 & Happy New Year
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