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Author Topic: Do you use any homebrewed gear for DX-ing  (Read 1878 times)
KB3LIX
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« Reply #15 on: April 07, 2013, 08:37:53 PM »

Speaking of which:

http://hamcall.net/7bandocf.html

Yikes, $500 for an OCF dipole!!! I think I'd rather buy a used tri-band beam for that price.

Thats downright CRAZY !

$ 455 for an OCF Dipole ?

Maybe I need to start building them for the idiot...err...
Amateur consumer market !
Why am I sitting here poor HuhHuhHuhHuh??/
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VK3HJ
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« Reply #16 on: April 07, 2013, 11:34:20 PM »

$ 455 for an OCF Dipole ?

Maybe it comes loaded with $300 of pre paid DX QSOs?

Hmmm, I'm going out to see if I can work out where those explosions I hear are coming from...
Probably the heavy range at Puckapunyal Army Base at it again.
73,
Luke VK3HJ
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N2RJ
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« Reply #17 on: April 08, 2013, 12:22:06 PM »

Speaking of which:

http://hamcall.net/7bandocf.html

Yikes, $500 for an OCF dipole!!! I think I'd rather buy a used tri-band beam for that price.

Thats downright CRAZY !

$ 455 for an OCF Dipole ?

Maybe I need to start building them for the idiot...err...
Amateur consumer market !
Why am I sitting here poor HuhHuhHuhHuh??/

Scroll down, there's one for $518. Plus shipping and handling.

If you ship to a business address you save a few bucks.
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N2UGB
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« Reply #18 on: April 09, 2013, 02:34:04 AM »

In addition to my FT-817, I have home assembled QRP rigs. An OHR100A and an HW-8. They were purchased  used, and so assembled. Still they fall into the QRP-kit family though I can't expect constructiuon credit.

Most memorable QRP QSO, from here in France, was with a station in the NE USA a year or so ago. He was running an HW-7...yes, 7! I had the 817 on line at the time.

He  was quite casual about it, I was the excited one, excited for him.

After all, 2 watts across across the atlantic on 14.060 with a wire antenna. I would have been doing hand-springs off the shack walls.

73
N2UGB/F8WBD

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N3QE
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« Reply #19 on: April 09, 2013, 06:42:19 AM »

After all, 2 watts across across the atlantic on 14.060 with a wire antenna. I would have been doing hand-springs off the shack walls.

I worked a whole lot of EU QRP stations in ARRL DX CW on 40M while I was running, at least one reporting "1W". And when I run in domestic QRP activities on 40M, I go back and look at spotting results and very often I was spotted all over Europe. Really cool.

There are many many QRP stations in the DX contests that very succesfully run a frequency, both high and low bands. I'm thinking especially of the spectacular GJ2A :-). I will have to go look at the very nice EU 160M openings in some recent tests, I may have worked EU stations on 160M with them at QRP levels.
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N2RJ
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« Reply #20 on: April 09, 2013, 07:05:24 AM »

I run QRP on PSK31 all the time. 1 watt TPO from my softrock SDR transceiver.
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W1JKA
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« Reply #21 on: April 09, 2013, 07:28:43 AM »

   Two way QRP/CW from N.England across the pond to the U.K./Continent on 20/40m is usually a daily occurrence especially following normal propagation and grey lines with both sides using simple wire antennas.Also QRP/CW activity from N.England to West Coast USA and in between on 20M around 1500-1700 GMT.
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K6EK
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« Reply #22 on: April 09, 2013, 12:03:35 PM »

Speaking of which:

http://hamcall.net/7bandocf.html

Yikes, $500 for an OCF dipole!!! I think I'd rather buy a used tri-band beam for that price.

Thats downright CRAZY !

$ 455 for an OCF Dipole ?

Maybe I need to start building them for the idiot...err...
Amateur consumer market !
Why am I sitting here poor HuhHuhHuhHuh??/

Scroll down, there's one for $518. Plus shipping and handling.

If you ship to a business address you save a few bucks.

  That's for the 5000 watt version. The 3kw models are about $200 less. Unless you're running 5kw that is  Wink

Expensive, yes. But sometimes so is the spare time spent chasing parts/materials and assembling yourself. I like both, depending.
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