This afternoon, some friends came over and helped me put my A3S
with 40m add-on kit back on the 70 ft tower. As soon as I got off
the tower, we all came in to the shack to check the antenna out on
Only one of the four had ever seen an Omni VI live. I started on
10m and worked my way down: 1.1:1 in the CW portions of 10,
15, and 20m; 1.8:1 in the CW portion of 40m--tolerable.
While we were sitting around talking someone asked why the VI
was called the "plus". I said because there had been a few
enhancements to it which included some noise reduction.
Whereupon, I reached over--the radio was still on and there
was a 559 station transmitting on frequency--and punched
the NR button. Suddenly, there was the ex-559, now-589
station, but with no baseband noise. There was a collective
"wow" in the room. I think they were impressed.
See you all in SS CW and SSB!!
Dale Martin, KG5U
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