Topband: ARRL DXCC - 160 Meters - Station Location and Boundary

Bill Cromwell wrcromwell at
Thu Nov 22 09:05:39 EST 2018

Hi Joe,

I would have never assumed that you have acreage whether 5 acres or 
something the size of the King Ranch. All of those electrical belches 
are difficult to escape. Moving your receiver out into the swamp, 
forest, desert, craggy mountaintop or anywhere besides your desktop can 
help. Using DSP can help and maybe even more than physical isolation. 
Remote receivers can have both. Have you tried DSP?

The software packages come with spectrum displays - much like 
panadapters - and I have been able to pick out Morse signals between the 
points of some digital crap resembling the Burger King's crown. Without 
the DSP there was no way to even hear that CW signal or know it existed. 
It's not 1956 any more. We have to do whatever we have to do to pull 
those signals out. Where I live my worst handicap is my 100 foot lot 
followed by the automotive body shop and it's welders about 250 feet 
from my back door. DSP is able to pull some signals out even when the 
welder is in use! In spite of my undersize antennas. 160 DXCC? It ain't 
going to happen here. I shouldn't even be on 160 meters, But I keep trying.


Bill  KU8H

On 11/22/18 7:38 AM, Joe Subich, W4TV wrote:
> On 2018-11-22 2:08 AM, kolson at wrote:
>> And this is easy to say when you have 5 acres in a semi-rural area, hi 
>> hi.
> With no antennas.  I have not been seriously active on low bands in the
> 20 years I've been here precisely because of the increasing prevalence
> of the multiple remote receiver/remote station operations.  However,
> even semi-rural areas have significant problems with noise from poorly
> maintained power lines, neighbor's plasma TVs, etc.
> Multiple remote receiver/"pick your remote station" is the scourge of
> DXCC in general as it completely removes both station building and
> operating skills from the equation and replaces them with the check
> book.  One might as well replace amateur radio with "hamsphere" or
> IRL.
> 73,
>     ... Joe, W4TV
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