Topband: "Magnetic Receiving Loop / small loop , brief summary.

by way of Bill Tippett <> topband-bounces at
Fri Dec 23 10:32:51 EST 2005

From: mstangelo at
Subject: Re: Topband: "Magnetic Receiving Loop / small loop , brief summary.
Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2005 14:56:57 +0000
Tom and all,

Most hams have the ability to work 160 meters these days because the 
rigs include this band and the demise of Loran A. I have friends who 
want to get started on 160 or HF operation in general and ask for 
references. The two that I recommend are Tom's website and John's 
books, both of which contain excellent information. Kudos to both of you!

The feedback I get from them is that they feel intimidated and think 
it is necessary to have a top of the line transceiver with suitable 
modifications, 1.5kw linear, large antennas on acres of land, CW 
proficeincy above 30wpm and internet access for real time spotting.

- I remind them that, first of all, this is a hobby and if we should 
enjoy what we're doing without interfering with others. A new ham 
with the proper license has as much of a right as an experienced 
operator with 25 thousnad dollars worth of equipment.

- The radios we have today are much better that the rigs we started 
with in the 1960's and the average radio, such as the 706 is not that 
much worse than a multi thousand dollar radio. The weakest link are 
our antennas, not the radios.

-  If we don't use the frequencies allocated to us we will loose them 
so it's better to get on the air with something marginal then spend 
time on the internet fretting about what is wrong with our stations. 
Listen first. If no one is around, give a call, but respect band 
plans, DX windows and gentlemen's agreements.

- When is a good time to operate? When you have the time. You get DX 
during the nightime hours but you can have some interesting ragchews 
with the locals during the daytime. The band are mostly vacant, 
except for the contests.

- Your CW skills do not have to be perfect and a good operator should 
slow down to accomodate your abilities. The best way to practice to 
to make real contacts on the air.

We should encourage more people to get on the air and not to be 
afraid to experiment.


Mike N2MS

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