JOHN SCHROEDER n6qq at msn.com
Wed Mar 8 05:39:20 EST 2006

                    ARRL DX Contest, SSB

Call: N6QQ
Operator(s): N6QQ
Station: N6QQ

Class: SOAB(A) HP
QTH: Cerritos, Ca
Operating Time (hrs): 23

Band  QSOs  Mults
  160:    1     1
   80:   17    15
   40:   53    31
   20:  342   109
   15:  249    69
   10:   44    16
Total:  707   241  Total Score = 510,438

Club: Southern California Contest Club


Did some tests with the SteppIR 4 el.  At 30 feet and 85 feet. 

Results:    At 30 feet Eu drop out after 10 am local, at 85 feet Eu to around 2 pm Sat. (local time)
                JA's - Sat. 30 feet could hear weak signals from 3 to 4 pm (local).  At 85 feet - JA's S8+ from 2:30 to 4:30 pm.

                The 20 meter pileups - boy was that something.  With 100 watts at 85 feet - could not break any large pileups on 20.
                At 30 feet - high power, could break several - but only if the other stations was at least S9.

            At 85 feet, could break almost all of the pileups- did have to wait until Sunday - to reach some of the weaker stations.  

            Heard  ZD8I, Jim most of the day Sat. on 15 meters - but signal never came up to S2 - never could break that pileup.
            As others, did work KH7X on 6 bands - only station I could reach on 160.  Did you work YA1OJ on 20 meters.

            Wiped out the Balun on the 40 meter 1 el hy-gain.  Need suggestions for a higher power balun.

            The180 degree reverse mode on the SteppIR works wonders.  Was able to work ZL and Eu without turning the antenna.
            On 15 meters, did use the bi-direct mode to work JA's and South America.  

            So far, no police - neighbors seem to happly.  Lot less TVI --  RFI problems than 10 years ago. Do keep the antenna at 40 feet 
            during the week.

            See you at the next meeting -- at N6HC.

            73, John

John Schroeder
Cerritos, Ca.

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