Topband: K5P signal strength

Herbert Schoenbohm herbert.schoenbohm at
Fri Jan 15 09:20:11 EST 2016

I called K5P for four hours on 160 while at the same time nearby KH6AT 
was reporting my signal was 589 in Hawaii and even FW8JJ spotted me in 
the pile up.  They were up to 579 most of the time and stead.  Before I 
tear my antenna apart I hope my problem was that their RX antenna for 
160 has a deep null in my direction.  I even called on the exact 
frequency of station they just work many times only to get a CQ in my 
face.  I have a 1/4 top loaded vertical and an Alpha 87A which should 
conceivably be able to do better. But for some reason they could easily 
work NA stations with a low dipole or a bent inverted L all across the 

Very strange.


On 1/15/2016 10:11 AM, Les Kalmus wrote:
> Apparently, they had problems tuning the Battle Creek Special and were 
> using a SteppIR vertical the first day.
> That's been fixed and was what they were using today.
> It's bad enough they were working JA's during this morning's opening 
> but I heard them call EU too and was shaking my head.
> Les W2LK
> On 1/15/2016 7:23 AM, Tim Shoppa wrote:
>> Heard very well here in MD from 1120Z-1220Z on my west-facing 
>> pennant, deep
>> fade at my sunrise to ESP. Working mostly JA's but trying for NA. 
>> (Although
>> at least once K5P called for EU!)
>> Tim N3QE
>> On Fri, Jan 15, 2016 at 5:48 AM, Carl Braun <Carl.Braun at>
>> wrote:
>>> At 1040z here in so cal the K5P station went from NIL to 599 on 
>>> Topband.
>>> Maybe someone found the ON button for the amp?
>>> Carl AG6X
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