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[TenTec] The good old scout

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Subject: [TenTec] The good old scout
From: carl.s.hyde@lmco.com (Carl Hyde)
Date: Wed, 24 Feb 1999 11:08:04 -0500
Made a great contact last night from southern New Jersey to Belize on
twenty meters with my Scout.  The only reason I'm sharing this is that I
just got my General Upgrade a few weeks ago and am in the middle of
moving so all my big radios and antennas are in boxes in the storage
unit.  But I took four Slinkies and a home brew 9:1 Balun and put a
slinky dipole in the attic.  I've  been using my scout just for code
practice and 10-40 meters.  Well I heard this guy booming in last night
on 14,225 and for the fun of it I dropped my call letters and he came
back.  He was running a Kenwood into a 1.5kw amp into a four element
beam and he gave me a 579 signal in Belize.  When I told him my radio
was a TT Scout running about 40 watts into a four slinky dipole he
almost crapped.  So chalk another one up to the great little scout and
good propagation.  Must make the guy think " I spent all this freakin
money and this guy's running 40 watts from a 500 dollar radio and a ten
dollar antenna"   He was also my first DX contact.  Can't wait to get to
the new QTH next month and get the Paragon back on the air.  73s
everyone.  I don't have his call here at work but he will be in Belize
and was making a regular schedule on 14,225  at about 0300 UTC.  He said
he will be there for another couple weeks.

Carl Hyde
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