[AMRadio] AMRadio Digest, Vol 118, Issue 7


Bry Carling bcarling at cfl.rr.com
Sun Nov 3 19:36:40 EST 2013


W1BB had it made. A two element beam over salt water location ... A 160m op's dream!

Bry Carling
http://af4k.com

> On Nov 3, 2013, at 3:50 PM, Rob Atkinson <ranchorobbo at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> Hi Jim,
> 
>> On Sun, Nov 3, 2013 at 7:36 AM, Jim Candela <jcandela at prodigy.net> wrote:
>> 
>> 
>> Rob,
>> 
>>    I have not done much on 160 since 1996 when I had a 1/2 acre lot to play
>> with. A few years ago I did take my 80m Windom, and worked it against ground
>> on 160. I had a good ground wave signal 15 miles away in Austin, and I
>> worked KD6OS in Oklahoma a few times. That was on SSB, and I was running
>> some power. With zero radials I figured that was pretty good.
> 
> There's talk in broadcast circles of the ground drying out and a
> reduction in ground conductivity.   I guess it depends on whether or
> not a station is located in a draught area.
> 
> 
>>   As for today's noise, I hope to believe that if I was back in the
>> country, that the noise would be fine. Perhaps that isn't true anymore. For
>> sure, living in a residential neighborhood, on 80M the noise is pretty high,
>> and on 160 it's worse. I did hear Don K4KYV coming in strong last night on
>> 1885, and I was using my 15m FW vertical loop to receive him with. That
>> little loop does well on the AM BCB, so on 160 it hears OK. Oddly, I have a
>> really high noise on 40m; it's not the usual impulse line noise QRN, but
>> more of a broadband hash raising the S-meter up to about an S7. I have to go
>> to 20M before that noise drops to S1-2.
> 
> It's every low band op's dream to live in the sticks I guess.  I'd
> like to be out in the rural areas, with some space.  Yes the noise
> sources are varied and in my case I have different noise pickup
> antennas for each band for nulling purposes with my little MFJ noise
> canceling box and ICE preamps.
> 
>>   I heard you on 3885 last night via the online receiver at amforever.com.
>> You were full quieting. So I tune to 3885 at the QTH, and a different AM QSO
>> was going on there. I think I was hearing W4's east of me. I wonder where
>> that online receiver is located? W5JAY?
> 
> Tnx for the signal report.  I didn't even know about the amforever
> receiver.  I have no idea where it is.   We did have Dan KC9RFN sign
> out of our little round table last night because he said there was
> another QSO on the same frequency down in Florida and he, being in
> Tennessee, feared giving them QRM (the rest of us were up here in IL
> Wisconsin and Indiana).  That must have been who you heard when you
> listened with an antenna at your QTH.
> 
> 73
> 
> Rob
> K5UJ
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