Topband: Band open, no one home

Gary Smith Gary at
Wed Oct 31 16:01:52 EDT 2012

So here it is in the middle of Sandy and I'm 300' from the water's 
edge and thought I'd check to see if I had any antennas left. I had a 
horrific series of SWR readings regardless of band. It was around 
10PM, the height of the high tide & storm here in costal CT. I had to 
see what was up & got to the stone wall bordering the salt marsh & 
with the spelunker's light saw the problem, The relay end of my 
Ameritron RCS-8V Remote Coax Switch was 5' under salt water. I later 
retrieved it and hosed it out & rinsed with alcohol, it seems to be 
OK today. Not so sure about the long-term condition of the coax to 
the radial plate/& 5 different antennae hooked up to it. Amazingly 
all of my antennae are wire shot over the tree tops and I didn't lose 
any of them.

There's advantages & disadvantages to have your radials on a salt 
marsh, disadvantages especially during a hurricane.


> Usual east coast subjects  have been preoccupied.    73, Guy.
> On Wed, Oct 31, 2012 at 9:37 AM, Steve London <n2icarrl at> wrote:
> > Last night (31 Oct UTC) was very good on 160. AA0RS and W5XZ were trolling
> > in the Europeans. The band seemed to be open all evening with OH3XR and
> > PA3FQA being beacons, and RI1ANF with a big signal. But that was about it.
> > Not even the usual east coast suspects.
> >
> > C'mon's time to test those new antennas that have been
> > discussed at length !
> >
> > 73,
> > Steve, N2IC/5
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