Just few years back (wasn't all that long ago) when we had the world wide
openings on 6-meters I head a station call CQ several times but didn't get
an answer. His signal wasn't all that strong but it was pretty good copy on
SSB, so I gave him a call. (I'm running 100 watts to 7L at 115 feet). The
station came right back and said he was really surprised that I heard him.
He was listening to the opening with his new rig by having stuck a short
piece of wire in the SO-239 on the back of the rig. He was running a 5W rig
setting on the floor with a few feet of wire sticking out the back. He was
in Honduras, I'm in Michigan (EN73) and he was 5/6, or 7 as I recall.
Roger Halstead (K8RI and ARRL 40 year Life Member)
N833R - World's oldest Debonair CD-2
www.rogerhalstead.com (Use return address from home page)
> Sounds like me in the early days ( I haven't been a ham very long). My
> rig was just being turned on and the paddles were being connected. I had
> turned the power down all the way (2 watts being registering on the
> tuned it to the antenna and had reversed the paddles (they were backwards)
> and was trying the paddles the first time just as a test (cq cq cq cq de
> KG0KP KG0KP k). Then I heard someone else on the frequency, oops I hope I
> didn't bother him. then MY call sign. Oh no, I don't do cw !!!! I'm
> terrible. What was his call?? SM... Sweden??? on two watts. I was
> quiet, but there it came again. Now what. Guess I'll have to try to work
> him. I did, but it was terrible on my part. Sweden on 2 watts by
> on my attic fan dipole.
> 73, Jim
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Tom Osborne" <email@example.com>
> To: "Towertalk" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Sent: Wednesday, August 16, 2006 8:00 PM
> Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] inexpensive dummy loads
>> > How the memory slips! We used to use light bulbs as dummy loads.
>> Hi Red
>> Yeah, makes a good dummy, but also makes a good antenna.
>> I was once playing with a rig into a lightbulb and a guy about 100 miles
>> away came back to me :-) 73
>> Tom W7WHY
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