[CQ-Contest] 160 SSB

Doug Renwick VE5RA at sasktel.net
Tue Feb 25 11:43:43 EST 2003

One thing you learn when operating on the 160M band is that there is
a lot of "ONE WAY PROPAGATION."  Signals do not equally cover the
path between stations.


Martin Luther wrote:

> I listened for a while, but you really have to be keen!
> >From 1045Z on my SAT evening I was hearing the following
> K8CC on1.847
> N0FW on 1.850
> K9NR on 1.8551
> A bit later N7GP on 1.858
> Later still WE3C on 1.841
> I listened and called until 1200z when they seemed to get weaker and I went
> to bed. I heard K9GR work another VK5 and later VK3 didn't hear whether the
> others got through. VK3IO and VK3ZL were in there calling as well. I think
> 3IO has a dipole at 100ft and 3ZL has phased verticals and they were not
> being heard either.
> I use an 80ft vertical with a good ground screen.
> Most of the time when I called they didn't even notice I was there. Only a
> couple of times did they QRZ me.
> Given the strength of their signals, even with the power differences to my
> 400wattsPEP I still should have been in there receivers at S7 to 9 . Clearly
> the QRM levels are hopeless or the receive setups on these stations are poor
> (unlikely). There is sometimes one way skip on 160 but not usually for over
> an hour.
> How do we manage a two way QSO? Is split an option?
> I'm sorry guys I do not have the patience for this current type of
> operation.
> 73
> Martin VK5GN
> Luther at penalvagold.net

Doug Renwick VA5DX
PO Box 50, Clavet, Saskatchewan, Canada S0K 0Y0
VE5RA at sasktel.net
First VE5 2 x 5BDXCC and 160 M DXCC
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