Topband: How does KP4KE do it with 20 watts?

Shoppa, Tim tshoppa at
Mon Mar 4 10:10:47 EST 2013

I find no record of KP4KE in my CW logs or in reversebeacon data. ??? I'm guessing he's phone-only. Is this summary for CQ 160M phone or what?

As to killer loud signals... TX5K (Clipperton) was coming in at my QTH on East Coast night before last, super duper loud on 160M, amazing. Louder than many legal-limit stations in my region. I'm guessing saltwater path on 160M makes a big difference.

Tim N3QE

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From: Topband [mailto:topband-bounces at] On Behalf Of Herb Schoenbohm
Sent: Sunday, March 03, 2013 5:32 PM
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Subject: Topband: How does KP4KE do it with 20 watts?

Really, if his claims are true KP4KE worked 49 countries in two nights during the CQ 160 meter contest running only 20 watts. He claims he is using for the states a "double bazooka" at 85 feet. His signals on RBN were consistently stronger than my 1.5 KW to a 1/4 wave vertical with 60 radials.  In fact he was stronger here than Perdro, NP4A who has an excellent low band setup with ample power output.  My point is that if there some sort of "magic antenna"  that can do this I think it would be important to do an forensic analysis of it's structure. As far a I can understand such a feat is unprecedented on 160 meter SSB and TB'ers might be interested in examining such an an antenna that you can hang at
85 feet and be the top dog on the band.

Please let me know when you know if there is true RF magic on 160 meters.

Herb Schoenbohm, KV4FZ

Call: KP4KE
Operator(s): KP4KE
Station: KP4KE

Class: Single Op LP
QTH: Puerto Rico
Operating Time (hrs): 14

Total:  QSOs = 508  State/Prov = 49  Countries = 49  Total Score = 318,794

Club: Rhein Ruhr DX Association


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Hello, from Aguadilla PR
*Working the contest with 20 watts was fun.* my Antennas are 4 el. vertical beam looking to EU and  two inverter L and  a double bazooka at 85 feet high to the USA  but conditions no good to USA  but to EU very good opening both day my goal was 50 countries but only made 49  and  49  State and Canada No activities from central america and a lot of islands in the caribbean with no operators.
I receive very good reports from EU station.
I think I was the only KP4 Station early on band both days that help a lot Sorry for delay in send this report but no internet in shack.

See you in next contest

73 & DX  and remember put your money in ant. no in power hi  hi.
Good ham operator no need power.

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