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Re: [CQ-Contest] Contest DXpeditions in a suitcase

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Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Contest DXpeditions in a suitcase
From: sawyered@earthlink.net
Reply-to: sawyered@earthlink.net
Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2005 08:48:25 -0400 (GMT-04:00)
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I can partially confirm what AH8DX said about this.  I did C6ARS in 2001 CQ WW 
CW, SOAB LP unassisted, number 7 world.  It was done at a nice little station 
on the beach with a 50 ft tower, a TH5DX, 2 el 40M, and inv vees for 80 and 
160.  When I got there, I had premade a 20 and 15 2el wire vertical array which 
was switchable NE/SW (manually) and within 100 feet of the atlantic.  The 
intent was to be SO2R with it while running on the TH5DX.  My IC706 (radio 2) 
was damaged during transit so I didn't do SO2R but I didn't realize it until I 
had already installed the wire antennas.  To my surprise, the 2 el wire 
verticals (half wave vertical dipoles with a reflector) hanging from palm trees 
and with no grnd screen underneath, equalled or beat the TH5DX into EU for the 
whole contest.  I could have basicly been doing what AH8DX on 10 - 20 and been 
equally as successful.

I would add to his statement that it is surprising to me how many quality QTH's 
that I have either been at or know about do not have activity in the CQ WW or 
especially the ARRL (Africa and Carib and S America).  I loved it and will 
definately do it again as I have time.

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