[TowerTalk] Wire Antennas Only For Field Day
jimlux at earthlink.net
Fri Jul 7 14:19:03 EDT 2017
On 7/7/17 10:58 AM, Richard (Rick) Karlquist wrote:
> The biggest "unlevel playing field" issue with Field Day
> is the location. FD gives the station builder an opportunity
> to choose an unreal location. I remember one year I placed
> second in my category, but the number one station totally
> blew me away with 3 times the number of points. I asked
> him about this, and it turns out that he operated from a
> mountain TOP (the very TOP, not just up the mountain somewhere).
> He was just unbeatable from this location. He was also
> a great operator to boot, but he said the location was the
> real key.
Very much so...
JPL and Caltech used to go up to the top of Pacifico Mountain (about
7100 ft), where there is a big flat spot from a former Nike missile
site,with a fairly nice road up, and it falls off on all sides
Not only is it electrically quiet being miles from civilization, but the
topography helps a LOT when you're looking for low angle propagation.
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