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Author Topic: KP4AO EME  (Read 819 times)
K2QPN
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« on: April 18, 2010, 05:46:19 PM »

I listened for 2 days and heard nothing. I was using an IC-7000(35W) and a FT-857(20W) - no external preamp. The antennas were 16 and 7 element beams. Tried both rigs and both antennas. I was using Ham Radio Deluxe to track the moon and aiming with a compass and a protractor. I heard NADA in New Jersey.

Is KP4AO going to do EME again?
For the folks who worked or heard KP4AO - what did you use (rig/power/preamp/antenna)?
I am looking for recommendations for antennas, preamp, and power amps......on the cheap HI HI.

First time EMEer and it is definitely not my main activity.
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KB5WIA
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« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2010, 10:38:48 AM »

I listened for 2 hours on Saturday and 2 hours on Sunday.  Was using just a 7-el UHF yagi and my FT-857D mobile, with the yagi on a tripod pointed directly at the moon (could see it on Sat with binoculars and Sun with naked eye).

Heard nothing at all, not even a hint of a CW carrier.

I know 7 elements is minimal, but hoped I could at least hear *something*.  Oh well!

Dave KB5WIA
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K5MBV
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« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2010, 12:24:23 PM »

With 18 elements, an AR2 preamp at the antenna, and 40 ft of LMR400 into
my FT-736R  KP4AO CW was easy copy. SSB was marginal, but enough for
a QSO if you weren't into ragchewing. Without the preamp. I doubt that I
would have heard anything at all. I could not hear any of the stations calling him.

You must have a preamp at the antenna. ....period, unless you have a very high
gain antenna system.

Ken  K5MBV
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