Topband: Just not the results I'm used to.
Gary at ka1j.com
Fri Dec 1 00:36:57 EST 2017
I'm just not getting the results I had
when the 160M antenna was put up some 7-8
years ago, not as good as last year
either. I tried running QRP on 160 this
evening, lots of pre-contest activity and
only made three contacts and they were
relatively local. I've always considered
how well I do running QRP as evidence how
my system is doing.
The 35-40 (I don't recall the exact #)
130' radials are still connected, instead
of 360' of the regular coax from previous
years, I now have 7/8" hardline up to the
remote switch. I just replaced the 160
antenna when it came down after sustained
winds. Watt meter is showing the expected
output & SWR is 1.78 at 1.8300
Not asking for answers, surely just has to
be the conditions but I keep wondering if
I need to address something.
Good luck in the contest and have fun!
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