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From: "EP Swynar" <>
Date: Tue, 28 Aug 2007 11:45:49 -0400
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Good Day All,

Tree's announcement of the pending availability of the Stew Perry event of last 
year has gotten me thinking about my antenna situation here...

Oddly enough, I began connecting the dots during my summer DX'ing foray here on 
40-meters: I use an inverted 3-element Bobtail array there that is an absolute 
"killer" antenna for long hauls --- but it's just a tad better than a dummy 
light bulb load for close-in stuff.

This fact got me thinking about my objectives on 160: not every operating 
session therein involves DX --- there's a ton of fun to be had with events like 
the Stew Perry do. So why limit myself to inverted "L"'s then...?

The bargain of the day for me at a local Hamfest last weekend was a 275' spool 
of #12 insulated copper wire: before the end of summer I'm going to convert 
this find into a 1/2-wave dipole tuned for 1.820-MHz, at 50'...

That should better balance what I have in the arsenal here for transmitting 

As someone once said, "...You can NEVER have too many antennas for 160"...!

~73~ Eddy VE3CUI - VE3XZ

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