[TowerTalk] Tuners

Jim Thomson jim.thom at telus.net
Mon Nov 29 01:32:55 PST 2010

Date: Sun, 28 Nov 2010 00:09:45 -0500
From: "Tommy Alderman" <aldermant at windstream.net>
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Tuners

Wow Rick! That is really amazing? You ever think of getting a decent

##  He already does. 

For the past 59 years I have used a 'tuner' and wires, but alas, using wire
antennas and I've only got 327 countries confirmed? Do you think if I get a
REAL antenna I could make the honor roll?

73 Rick,

Tom - W4BQF

##  is that 327 countries  spread over 160-10m, including warc bands? 
Is that spread over 59 years ?  Is this just ssb, or just cw,  or both, or does that
include rtty and data modes ? 

##  How many  countries....per band? 

##  a friend 150 miles north of me installed a F-12  5 el 20m yagi @ 70'.
He worked  290 countries in less than 2 yrs, and that
was casual dx'ing.  I managed a clean sweep in a Nov SS  phone contest
many yrs ago, that means I got WAS  in under 30 hrs. I could not do that
with wire ants. 

##  when  I switched from my own 5-el 20m yagi to the wire ant, the EU folks
told me I dropped 6 x S units [ I measured 13.8 db on a stepped attenuator, on RX]

##  sure, wire ants  will work,  provided you put em up 100'..and stuff loads of power
into them.   A dipole up 100' is a good ant.... but the  14 db F/S is a hindrance.  2 x dipoles
at right angles  or a rotary dipole is a fast way to pick up 14 db.   Most folks have limited patience. 
I have tried every ant in the book on 40m, since 1972.  I have given up and opted for a 3-el yagi up 90'.
Now if that doesn't work, then I will give up. 

Jim   VE7RF

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