Wednesday, June 26, 2013

What is the secret?

More and more I realise that the antenna is the most important tool for the ham radio amateur. Yes, a good receiver, with low noise levels (city qrm) or good ham skills are important too. But… the last two weeks with poor HF conditions I do hear stations which are working DX, but I do not hear the opposite station, no trace at all. That happens to me with all modes I use: JT65A, JT9-1, CW or PSK31. Even local novice amateurs with low power do work more… the secret? They have good antennas. At least 3 elements directional beam. Will I buy a yagi antenna? No I won’t. I still keep it this way… an end fed wire or a vertical. This is the situation since 1976. I wait for the right moment. More power is useless, maybe they will hear me, but will I hear them? Nevertheless, I could work N4CWS with JT65A on 20m (-16dB) and NF9V at 14018KHz with CW this morning. It makes my day.

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  1. Hi Paul. Agree with your observation and opinion. I made a comment in my blog about hearing a strong USA station that couldn't hear me. He had 800 watts to a beam waaay up. I know this may be ham-heresy but I hate the look of towers and beams on in pristine country setting, even a typical neighborhood.

    My opinion, nothing more.

    73 Dick

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    1. Hi Dick, a little bit stealth is okay with me. I just have to keep the neighbors friendly. 73 Paul

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  2. Hi Paul. Agree with your observation and opinion. I made a comment in my blog about hearing a strong USA station that couldn't hear me. He had 800 watts to a beam waaay up. I know this may be ham-heresy but I hate the look of towers and beams on in pristine country setting, even a typical neighborhood.

    My opinion, nothing more.

    73 Dick

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  3. Good morning Paul, the bands are not full of action on this side of the pond either. I have the advantage of a huge ham population just south of the border. I have the opportunity to contact the the U.S on any given day. It may not be into the deep south or far west of the states but it's still some CW practice.
    Mike

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    1. Hi Mike, indeed you have, I can work Russians and Ukraine stations all day long ;-) The first 2000 km hop is just right there. Never mind, it's always better than nothing. 73 Paul

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  4. Good morning Paul, the bands are not full of action on this side of the pond either. I have the advantage of a huge ham population just south of the border. I have the opportunity to contact the the U.S on any given day. It may not be into the deep south or far west of the states but it's still some CW practice.
    Mike

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    1. Hi Mike, indeed you have, I can work Russians and Ukraine stations all day long ;-) The first 2000 km hop is just right there. Never mind, it's always better than nothing. 73 Paul

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  5. Hallo Paul, over het algemeen hoor ik meestal meer dan ik kan bereiken. En dat gewoon met een multiband vertical. Vroeger heb ik wel meerdere beams gehad, het verschil met een vertical is erg groot. Ondanks dat het voor jou geen beam zal worden is het wel leuk om er bij een ander station eens mee te werken om wat meer inzicht in de mogelijkheden en het verschil te krijgen. Zelf is het mijn wens nog altijd om de beam of meerdere beams weer in een mast te plaatsen. Maar met de juiste condities heb je echt geen beam nodig, dan lukt het met een vertical ook wel. 73, Bas

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    1. Hallo Bas, ik heb hier een groot stads QRM probleem. De S waarde is altijd S8 tot S9 QRM op 20m. En wat boven de QRM uitkomt kan ik dan gewoonlijk ook wel werken. De minder sterke DX stations hoor ik dan moeilijk. Ik wou dat ik op Ameland woonde. Wat een weldaad op de 20 meter band daar. Met condities heb ik meestal geen klagen. Dan kan aardig wegkomen hier. 73 Paul

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  6. Hello Paul,

    You're absolutely right about the antenna and a good receiver; but I don't like a lot of wire or aluminum in the air because of bad electrical storms. To me, they're big lightening rods, and even if I could put up a large antenna, I couldn't justify the expense. I'll keep it simple and work with the cards I've been dealt.

    I still have lots of fun with the hobby and thousands of local stations that I can work. It's enough for me.

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    1. Hi John, you have a point there. And yes, it's more satisfying to accomplish qso's under simple conditions and qrp of course. 73 Paul

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  7. Hello Paul,

    You're absolutely right about the antenna and a good receiver; but I don't like a lot of wire or aluminum in the air because of bad electrical storms. To me, they're big lightening rods, and even if I could put up a large antenna, I couldn't justify the expense. I'll keep it simple and work with the cards I've been dealt.

    I still have lots of fun with the hobby and thousands of local stations that I can work. It's enough for me.

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    1. Hi John, you have a point there. And yes, it's more satisfying to accomplish qso's under simple conditions and qrp of course. 73 Paul

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  8. John KK4ITN6/27/2013

    Hi Paul, Yes I know all about the guys that work DX. They listen or call and wamo there it is some rare DX station and are disappointed with only 4 or 5 other DX stations. The answer is this.
    Sometimes go fishing and nothing, not even a nibble.Sometimes you go to the track and you can't pick a winner no matter what.
    In the Bronx,NY they have a saying and it goes like this:
    "SOMETIMES IT BEE'S THAT WAY PAUL AND FOR YOU IT BEE'S THAT WAY A LOT".
    Don't be disappointed,keep at it and one day who knows it may be your turn to hit the big one.

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  9. John KK4ITN6/27/2013

    Hi Paul, Yes I know all about the guys that work DX. They listen or call and wamo there it is some rare DX station and are disappointed with only 4 or 5 other DX stations. The answer is this.
    Sometimes go fishing and nothing, not even a nibble.Sometimes you go to the track and you can't pick a winner no matter what.
    In the Bronx,NY they have a saying and it goes like this:
    "SOMETIMES IT BEE'S THAT WAY PAUL AND FOR YOU IT BEE'S THAT WAY A LOT".
    Don't be disappointed,keep at it and one day who knows it may be your turn to hit the big one.

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