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Subject: [TowerTalk] Big Gun!
From: (WA9ALS - John)
Date: Sat, 24 Jul 1999 17:14:50 -0500
Like DX is the one you don't have confirmed, a Big Gun is anyone
"bigger" than you, i.e. the one that works the DX that you couldn't!
WA9ALS - John
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Subject: [TowerTalk] Big Gun!

> My idea of a big gun is a ham in a very advantageous location for
> propagation and/or who has a much above average antenna which makes
> signal stand out.
>   In 1978-80 i worked for Tom Brandon in Charlotte(W4CEN)as a two way
> tech. He let me hang a 80-40 meter trapped full half wave sloper off
> east side of his 160 ft. tower atwork. At 5:00 p.m. i'd get on 40 and
> meters and easily work VK's long path, an hour before dark. I'd call
> and be answered by weak ZS's that many other stations couldn't even
> yet. How do i know? My operations attracted hecklers who accused me of
> working my fantasies, not real stations. I was running a TR-4 and a
> with the 500 hz. mechanical filter, and a pair of 4-400A's in GG. My
> feedline was RG-58 and it ran warm and limp!!!!
>   I ,of course, had the propagation before 8 land, but it used to
tickle me
> to snatch dx away from Al Hicks W8AH and some of the other eastern Big
> I had a taste of being a big gun myself. In addition to height, the
> had gain to the east and north east. Could work asia, europe and
> easily. California was never over S-5!!!
>   73 Roy Lincoln WA4DOU
>  p.s. These days i'm into QRP, lost interest in high power!
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