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Re: Topband: Just not the results I'm used to.

Subject: Re: Topband: Just not the results I'm used to.
From: W0MU Mike Fatchett <>
Date: Fri, 1 Dec 2017 09:07:41 -0700
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The band was open to EU at least on FT8 from Colorado last night.  It is the first opening I have been around for.  I worked about 7 stations but it took real 160m power even with FT8  most signals were -12 to -22 -24.

I was thrilled.  I still do not believe my circle array has been working right.  I just have not had time to work on it with our business move which is now finished.


On 11/30/2017 10:36 PM, Gary Smith wrote:
I'm just not getting the results I had
when the 160M antenna was put up some 7-8
years ago, not as good as last year
either. I tried running QRP on 160 this
evening, lots of pre-contest activity and
only made three contacts and they were
relatively local. I've always considered
how well I do running QRP as evidence how
my system is doing.

The 35-40 (I don't recall the exact #)
130' radials are still connected, instead
of 360' of the regular coax from previous
years, I now have 7/8" hardline up to the
remote switch. I just replaced the 160
antenna when it came down after sustained
winds. Watt meter is showing the expected
output & SWR is 1.78 at 1.8300

Not asking for answers, surely just has to
be the conditions but I keep wondering if
I need to address something.

Good luck in the contest and have fun!


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