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Author Topic: feeed back on the Yaesu ATAS 129 A  (Read 341 times)
W6NYG
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« on: October 07, 2006, 07:12:34 PM »

I was skeptical replacing a six single band ham stick mobile antennas with a small screwdriver HF antenna.

Recently the 17 meter band has shown moments of good long haul DX. I generally can work any station I can hear.

Within the last week I've worked the Canary Islands, Finland, Italy, Portugal and several other DX countries. Using a standard 100 watt all band FT 857 D and the ATAS 120 A mounted on my hatch back at four feet seem to be no problem.

I am satisfied with the compromised screwdriver antenna. There is no argument that a large screwdriver antenna would work even better. Due to the fact I'm not ready to mount a telephone pole on my rear bumper or drill a ball mount hole I stay with what I have.
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K0BG
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« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2006, 07:15:30 AM »

And you're saying....

The number of stations worked, DX or otherwise, has no relation to the efficiency of the antenna system. The real difference comes when you can compare yours to someone else's set up. For example, times when you think the band is dead, others are working DX. You have to remember, antenna gain, or in this case overall loss, is reciprocal. Although receive losses are partially overcome by receiver gain, it is certainly not true of transmitting losses.

High loss antennas, like hamsticks and the ATAS series, do prove one thing, however; QRP is alive and well!

Alan, KØBG
www.k0bg.com
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