Topband: K5P signal strength

Gary Smith Gary at
Fri Jan 15 12:55:31 EST 2016


I worked him at 7:24Z last night. (finally got my computer working, I 
was sans my computer for a couple days). 

His Tx 1.8255
My  Tx 1.82711

The P3 showed the pileup so I listened to the split and heard you 
clearly calling and your signal was one of the louder ones I heard 
but I really was only listening to the pileup to see what part of the 
country was hearing him & it was only 6s, 7s, 8s & 9s I heard 
calling, one 2 as I recall, don't know if they worked him. I heard no 
4 stations calling him & no other Caribbean stations in that pileup 
but you. FWIW, I heard nobody giving a report, just calling.

But what I remembered was you were hearing him to call him, before I 
could hear him at all. 15 minutes later I was just barely able to 
hear his signal (had my AGC off and the RF cut back just a tad to 
take the edge off both the atmospheric noise and the RFI from AMTRAK 
and the neighbors crap appliances). His signal was very weak here. If 
not for the K3 I'd not heard him at all, it was a ghost of a signal 
on my end.

My thoughts being; you could hear him before I could so there must be 
a good lobe towards him between the two stations. I think you're 
going to work him, your signal is good and you can indeed hear him 
before me

73 & GL


> 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 
> country.
> Very strange.
> Herb
> 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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