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Posted: 8/22/2010 2:33:55 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/24/2010 7:08:55 AM EDT by ARMALITE-FAN]
All with a Yaesu FT-840 at 100 watts and a dipole @ 12-13 feet in the middle and about 10 foot on the ends. The dipoleis madeout of 4 pieces of electricalconduit sitting on a pair of horses on the pool house. HeavyRadio Shack speaker wire and a couple of conduit connectors extend it out to resonance on 40 meters. 2o and 40 both are under 1.5:1 for thee whole band. I have 30 or so states on 20 meters and 43 on 40 meters. I didn't even start using 40 untill 8/11. I have several states on 17 using the tunner and 20+ on 10 by removing one section of conduit on each side of the dipole. I'm not counting them in the totals for WAS.


You don't need great equipment or amps, just a little luck and time. So get to it. It also helpsif your antenna is magic like mine
Link Posted: 8/24/2010 7:09:49 AM EDT
Picked uo New Jersey last night.
Link Posted: 8/24/2010 9:18:00 AM EDT
Pics,Man, we need pics of this antenna.
Link Posted: 8/24/2010 9:28:45 AM EDT
Two big thumbs up!!!

Is this fun or what????
Link Posted: 8/24/2010 1:02:06 PM EDT
I'll get one when I put the 40 meter speaker wire extension on later. That is if I can get a picture. I'm just about positive the thing is magic.
Link Posted: 8/24/2010 2:24:55 PM EDT
Which state do you lack?
Link Posted: 8/24/2010 4:40:22 PM EDT
We need pics!!!!

Link Posted: 8/24/2010 5:15:17 PM EDT
Does help your in the middle of the country lol
Link Posted: 8/24/2010 5:51:58 PM EDT
Hawaii
Link Posted: 8/24/2010 5:54:57 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Hawk_308:
Does help your in the middle of the country lol



Not as much as you think. In close like IN, MO and OH are tough. The coast on each side is easy.

Link Posted: 8/25/2010 5:24:32 AM EDT
I've noticed the coasts especially the west coast is the easiest for me to reach seems like I have a wall between me and the east coast.

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Link Posted: 8/25/2010 5:02:13 PM EDT

Originally Posted By ARMALITE-FAN:
Hawaii

That's actually one of the few I have.
Link Posted: 9/6/2010 10:32:06 AM EDT
Worked Hawaii twice in the last three days. Now I need AK, CT and ME for WAS on 40 meters. Started 80 meters last night and have IL, MO and IN so far. That with a 40 meter dipole tuned up, so Its prbally not working very well.. Does a dipole close to the ground act like a NVIS antenna ?
Link Posted: 9/6/2010 11:10:36 AM EDT

Originally Posted By ARMALITE-FAN:
Worked Hawaii twice in the last three days. Now I need AK, CT and ME for WAS on 40 meters. Started 80 meters last night and have IL, MO and IN so far. That with a 40 meter dipole tuned up, so Its prbally not working very well.. Does a dipole close to the ground act like a NVIS antenna ?

From what I understand about NVIS, no. Is it setup as inverted-v?
Link Posted: 9/6/2010 12:11:05 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/6/2010 12:17:09 PM EDT by Mndless]
Originally Posted By ARMALITE-FAN:
Worked Hawaii twice in the last three days. Now I need AK, CT and ME for WAS on 40 meters. Started 80 meters last night and have IL, MO and IN so far. That with a 40 meter dipole tuned up, so Its prbally not working very well.. Does a dipole close to the ground act like a NVIS antenna ?


It sure can, depending on the freq...

For example... a 20m dipole at 35 ft will present the largest lobe on a low angle... great for DX..

An 80m dipole at 35 ft will have a very virtical plane.. basically, NVIS....

Post the lengths and heights of your setup and I'll run it through 4nec2, if you don't have a copy ...


I participated in a the TN QSO party this past weened... a neighboring state, running 100W and wire antennas will make you look at the antenna departure angles rather closely, vertical and horizontal.... had to be near NVIS to drop my signal in where it needed to be...so, I cut an antenna just for the party and set it up as modeled in nec... got QSO's in every corner of a long and neighboring state...


Link Posted: 9/6/2010 12:24:14 PM EDT
Taken from ––> here <––

White trace is for 0.5 wavelengths, 70 feet.
Yellow trace is for 0.3 wavelengths, 42 feet.
Pink trace is for 0.1 wavelengths, 14 feet.



Even at 40m, you have to start getting up above 40 ft to start seeing any notable change in horizontal gain....

Link Posted: 9/6/2010 2:53:55 PM EDT

Originally Posted By ARMALITE-FAN:
Worked Hawaii twice in the last three days. Now I need AK, CT and ME for WAS on 40 meters. Started 80 meters last night and have IL, MO and IN so far. That with a 40 meter dipole tuned up, so Its prbally not working very well.. Does a dipole close to the ground act like a NVIS antenna ?

Have you submitted anything for a general WAS?
Link Posted: 9/6/2010 6:37:53 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/6/2010 6:38:28 PM EDT by Mndless]
Originally Posted By ARMALITE-FAN:
All with a Yaesu FT-840 at 100 watts and a dipole @ 12-13 feet in the middle and about 10 foot on the ends. The dipoleis madeout of 4 pieces of electricalconduit sitting on a pair of horses on the pool house. HeavyRadio Shack speaker wire and a couple of conduit connectors extend it out to resonance on 40 meters. 2o and 40 both are under 1.5:1 for thee whole band. I have 30 or so states on 20 meters and 43 on 40 meters. I didn't even start using 40 untill 8/11. I have several states on 17 using the tunner and 20+ on 10 by removing one section of conduit on each side of the dipole. I'm not counting them in the totals for WAS.


You don't need great equipment or amps, just a little luck and time. So get to it. It also helpsif your antenna is magic like mine



How did you accomplish so many states in such a short time??? Were you parking and calling CQ or pouncing????


Link Posted: 9/7/2010 4:21:37 AM EDT

If you're still looking for Maine on 40 we could try setting up a SKED. I don't have the best setup for 40m (attic dipole in a Z) but I've made some contacts and I'm willing to give it a shot. I spend most of my time on 20m.

I may also be running a portable vertical in a few weeks from Monhegan Island. I haven't had time to test any of that yet so it's still up in the air as to whether I'll be bringing the rig out.

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