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Author Topic: Never give up  (Read 2036 times)
WD4ELG
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« on: January 25, 2013, 01:49:13 PM »

Just worked AX7GN, VK7 station in Tasmania.  20 meters CW.  4.6 watts. LONG PATH. 14,900 miles. 3239 miles per watt.  2 element hex beam at 45 feet.  I LOVE it when this happens!
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WD4ELG
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« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2013, 01:53:43 PM »

I guess the reason this one thrills me is that it had to go through a BUNCH of refractions/reflections to get there.  Which means the conditions for LP must have really been outstanding to get it done.
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W1JKA
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« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2013, 03:17:28 PM »

     Congrats,another testimony as to the qrp'ers love affair with hexs who for various reasons do not have a 60 ft. tower with an Optibeam.Just wish more stateside qrp operators would consider them. I envy your 45 ft.,mine is limited to below 30 ft. but am very happy with my dx results so far.
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WB6BYU
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« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2013, 07:35:28 PM »

I worked the path the other way, operating my Ten-Tec Argonaut (about 2 watts
output) portable on the south coast of South Australia and working a station on
the East Coast of the US.  A hex beam wouldn't have fit in my backpack:  I had
a dipole with the center propped up on a stick 3' off the ground.

But it's amazing what you can do with QRP sometimes!
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W1JKA
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« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2013, 03:43:58 AM »

     I completely agree with WB6BYU,I also found it impossible to stuff my hex and mast into my own backpack (now considering a LARGE size ALICE pack and frame)  and ended up using a homebrew efhw from the beach in LaJolla with what I call amazing similar results with qrp.I think our little secret is out.
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N9AOP
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« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2013, 02:26:51 PM »

I know how good that contact felt.  Last summer I worked Belgrade with my K1 and 24 foot of wire tossed up a tree.  You could actually take a hex beam with you but you would need a sherpa or a sturdy YL to pack it.
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