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[TowerTalk] True Or Not True #2

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Subject: [TowerTalk] True Or Not True #2
From: (Pete Smith)
Date: Thu, 06 Sep 2001 17:25:58 -0400
At 03:05 PM 9/6/01 -0600, wrote:
>On Thu, 06 Sep 2001  Pete Smith <> writes:
>> Another angle to consider.  1-2 dB better signal may not be 
> discernible on
>> any given QSO.  But over the course of a 48-hour DX contest, it may 
>> mean
>> several dozen more European QRP stations with indoor dipoles in 
>> noisy
>> locations get into the log, because those couple of dB can make the
>> difference between your CQ being heard and not.
>> 73, Pete N4ZR
>HUH?  You mean if 2 dB makes the difference between  
>a QRP European hearing  YOUR  KW or not, do you really
>think YOU will hear HIS  5W?    I think you need to 
>re-think this argument Pete :-)

Absolutely, Tom -- I live in a quiet country environment, with a
state-of-the-art receiver and directional antennas.  My signal-to-noise
ratio is a LOT higher than many of these disadvantaged stations we're
talking about.  Sooner or later even a kilowatt becomes inaudible.

I deliberately specified that the difference would be in HIS ability to
hear me, rather than vice versa, because I believe that ultimately, on the
bands we're talking about, ambient noise will be the limiting factor,
rather than the strength of the desired signal.

73, Pete N4ZR

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