Does a good ground make *that* much difference?
James N. Price
price at cod.nosc.mil
Wed Apr 8 09:17:59 EDT 1992
For the past 3 months, I've been getting out *very* well compared
to any previous times in my DXing life. It's kinda scarey. I can
enter pileups and work stuff in 2 or 3 calls that might have taken
an hour before.
But it's not clear what's happened. The changes to my station in
the past few months have been:
--a TS-430S replaced a TS-820S (but both run about 90
watts on CW which is what I use most of the time). Yes, I only
--"Santa Claus," aka my wife, delivered a Heil boomset (the
5, not the 4) which makes a big difference on SSB
--it's been raining a lot, at least by S. Calif.
Only the wet ground makes sense to me as a major dB increaser for
DXing. I am on a canyon rim with a good shot from NW to SE
through East, and a fair shot to the South. Would wet ground
lower my radiation angle so much that I'd really notice as much
difference as I'm seeing?
Anyone else in Calif. had a similar experience this past few
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