Moving to the county does not always increase the commuting time. In my
case I moved east of town to 3 acres in an area that is not popular with
the "in crowd". My commute is 9 miles and it takes less than 15 minutes.
When I lived on a city lot in the "popular direction" or west it was a 7
mile 20 minute drive. Sometimes you can have your cake and eat it to!
----- Original Message -----
From: "Gorsline" <email@example.com>
Sent: Friday, September 07, 2001 22:19
Subject: [TowerTalk] Re: Small lots
> While its nice to say the solution to a small lot is to move, there are
other considerations!! Like the time to operate wouldn't be there if you
were stuck in traffic commuting...
> I live in centre of Toronto on a 15.5 x 120' lot in an attached row house.
Have used a roof mounted beam (F12 C3S which replaced a TA33jr) with a 12'
boom which is carefully parked to stay parallel to my
> roof line. When rotated, it "sweeps" over both neighbours. Always run
barefoot, and since acquiring a Mark-V, do most work at 10 watts to reduce
inevitable RFI to every cheap phone, stereo, and computer
> that's closer to the antenna than it is to me. Also have a 30-40-80 trap
dipole slung over the roof and back to a tree. I use double shielded
Ethernet cable for low loss and noise pick-up reduction.
> I'm now buying and learning about line filters and ferrites for my
neighbours as I used to just go off the air when I bothered them.
> Ideal? Hardly.
> Competitive? Usually - I don't crack EVERY pile-up, but as an example
just got D68C cards for 10-12-15-17-20 ssb and cw and 40 cw QSOs, so it does
work OK. DXCC is at 323 confirmed, but they're getting
> Bottom line - put up the best you can afford and fit for antennas -
maximize it to get as much out of it as you can, drive it with a good rig,
and use it well - become a better, smarter operator and you
> can match or beat all but the super stations. Besides - what do you do
when you've worked them all? HI 73, George VE3YV / K8HI
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