Topband: Just not the results I'm used to.

W0MU Mike Fatchett w0mu at
Fri Dec 1 11:07:41 EST 2017

The band was open to EU at least on FT8 from Colorado last night.  It is 
the first opening I have been around for.  I worked about 7 stations but 
it took real 160m power even with FT8  most signals were -12 to -22 -24.

I was thrilled.  I still do not believe my circle array has been working 
right.  I just have not had time to work on it with our business move 
which is now finished.


On 11/30/2017 10:36 PM, Gary Smith wrote:
> 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!
> 73,
> Gary
> KA1J
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