[TowerTalk] DIGITAL CONTROLLER
Dave - W3NP
w3np at atlanticbb.net
Fri Dec 25 15:04:54 EST 2020
As Jim said, your not missing anything on HF. The only reason I have the
RT-21 with 1 degree resolution is for the speed ramp up/down feature for
the longevity of my tower and yagi. I only change my antenna direction
if I feel it is absolutely necessary to work a station. Otherwise, I
just keep it pointed in the general direction of interest and sometimes
not even pointed anywhere in particular. I will occasionally switch to
my big 160 meter horizontal loop to check signal difference. Most HF
yagis are not that sharp in pattern/beam width.
I believe the topic of Digital Controller started with a query as to
which one might be recommended. I actually prefer the look of an
analogue meter as I get a better sense of relative direction as opposed
to seeing a heading number....but I am old and I guess old school as well.
73, Dave W3NP
On 12/25/2020 2:26 PM, Al Kozakiewicz wrote:
> I want to make sure I'm not missing something.
> I have a short tower with 3 antennas - a 7el 2m, 3 el 6m and an old F12 C3 (3 interlaced 2 el 20-15-10) Ham IV and HyGain controller. With the exception perhaps of the 2m antenna, these aren't exactly sharply focused. For casual HF DX operating and contests I point NE early in the day for EU, NW late in the day for AP, and S for TEQ. Domestic contests I mostly just point westerly and leave it there.
> For this type of operation (no moon bounce or satellite tracking) I wouldn't think I'd need the antenna to change direction for every QSO, especially during a contest; certainly not a very precise direction; and so I'm wondering if I'm missing an opportunity here.
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