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From: "EP Swynar" <>
Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2007 11:27:17 -0400
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Hi All,

Yesterday afternoon, at 5:11 PM local time here, I managed to rather casually 
snatch 3B7C from the throngs of Europeans calling him --- unfortunately, it was 
NOT on Top Band, but rather, on 40-meters CW(sigh!).

Still, I was impressed enough with my success to bemoarn the fact that I don't 
have the wherewithal here to erect a similar antenna for 160-meters: It's 
essentially an inverted Bobtail array, with the horizontal "phasing" wire just 
some 3-feet above actual ground...

What amazes me about this aerial is the fact that there are no elaborate 
phasing harnesses, no fancy copper lay-outs below entailing miles of wire, no 
Wilkinson power dividers, no nothing! Just some pre-measured strands of 
insulated of wire, a lead-in of 52-ohm coax --- and daylight DX on what is 
supposed to be a night-time long distance band.

Gosh, what I wouldn't do to have one of these for 1.8-MHz...!

~73~ Eddy VE3CUI - VE3XZ 

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