Topband: Pulling out the weak ones

Jim Brown jim at
Sat Jan 30 14:17:29 EST 2016

Great advice, Dave. I was lucky enough to learn that many years ago in 
one of my first Topband contests from Chicago where I had a very 
mediocre antenna farm. Someone told me he had to figure out which RX 
antenna to use for me. That's how I worked you and Toni -- I gave you 
enough calls to let you find me.

I too am frustrated by those who equate QRP with wet string antennas. I 
have three serious TX verticals for 160M, two of them full size quarter 
waves, and a top-loaded Tee with 100 ft vertical. All three have a few 
dB of directivity (to 70 degrees, 200 degreees, and 300 degrees).  And I 
have a pair of reversible Beverages.

I'm also bummed by guys who should know better calling automated CQs 
with not enough listening time in between for me to send my call once. 
Obviously they're not switching RX antennas. If they even HAVE RX antennas.

73, Jim K9YC

On Sat,1/30/2016 10:57 AM, David Raymond wrote:
> A friendly word to you guys running 10w to the gutter. . .please give us time to find which antenna/direction hears you best.  That means sending your call more than once at 28 wpm.  I will go through a dozen or so antenna different combinations/directions listening in diversity to try to hear you.  It will likely take you calling several times for me to get it figured out.  Please be patient and don't give up.

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