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Author Topic: H40T -- EAST COASTERS?  (Read 2540 times)
K1ZJH
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« on: March 18, 2013, 06:47:18 AM »

Anyone having any luck working or hearing this one? I see Timotu snuck onto the DXCC list when I was taking a break from DX, so it would be ATNO if I can run across them. So far, pickings have been slim. BTW, no decent 40 meter antenna up at this end, dipoles came down in a storm.  R7 backup doesn't cut it on 40M.

Pete
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« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2013, 06:53:52 AM »

Yes, I worked them on 30m on Sunday with 100 watts. They were calling for NA on 40 early this morning too but I had to leave for work.
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K2QB
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« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2013, 06:56:25 AM »

I know a few guys here in WNY have worked him on 30 meters over the weekend. I was hearing him on Sunday morning on my R7 but think I got there a little late....around 8AM EST...his sig was already starting to go down. Think if I had been in the shack about an hour or so earlier I could have worked him as that's when a few of the giys here worked him.
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« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2013, 07:19:45 AM »

Got em on 40 CW yesterday, pretty easy with 100 watts. All I have is a dipole up 25 feet. I am surprised your R7 doesn't cut it.

paul
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« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2013, 07:21:24 AM »

R7 is passable on 30 meters, but marginal on 40 meters.  I've never seen it outperform the HF log periodic on the higher bands.

Pete
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« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2013, 07:23:37 AM »

I think most any antenna is fine for 30m because most people aren't using good antennas on 30. 30 for most people is an afterthought.

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« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2013, 07:50:33 AM »

My KW-30 Ryco traps finally came in (were out of production for a bit.)  I have dacron lines shot 70 feet up into two oaks, and they will be the new supports for the 30/40 meter dipole when the weather gets a bit warmer. Then its onto completing the 160 and 80 meter inverted Ls, which are up, and adding the ground radials.

Pete
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« Reply #7 on: March 18, 2013, 08:26:45 AM »

I have to say that I am always amazed by how my R7 performs. At my old QTH I had a 2 element 40 meter beam at 60 feet and a full size loop up. Can't do that at my new QTH and no the R7 doesn't compare with them and I was very leary of what to expect but I have to say the R7 exceeds my expectations. The R7 is mounted 12 feet in the air and honestly, if I can hear them I can work them with a 100 watts.
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« Reply #8 on: March 18, 2013, 08:46:26 AM »

R7s are great. My ARES group has an old one that we pass around and use for field day etc. If you get it mounted right it's hard to beat as far as an all-around antenna. We found that with the soil around here mounting it 7-8 feet up works best but YMMV.

RE: 30m, the little pistol ignores that band at his peril. It's the one band almost anyone can be competitive on as long as they have a well-built, resonant antenna. I've worked more than one DXpedition only on 30m when I was drowned out on all other bands. For Heard I'm planning on getting some type of parasitic beam up (maybe a hexbeam) for the higher bands but I will also probably build a EDZ cut for 30, just to get my signal a few more dB on that band.
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« Reply #9 on: March 18, 2013, 03:49:37 PM »

I hear him now 549 22:48 GMT 18:48 EST but working JA's. No way I am going to bust through that.

Mark N1UK
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« Reply #10 on: March 18, 2013, 05:13:52 PM »

Anyone having any luck working or hearing this one? I see Timotu snuck onto the DXCC list when I was taking a break from DX, so it would be ATNO if I can run across them. So far, pickings have been slim. BTW, no decent 40 meter antenna up at this end, dipoles came down in a storm.  R7 backup doesn't cut it on 40M.

Pete

Pete:

They were on 40 CW this morning and just as he started coming out of the noise he QRX'd for quite some time and then reappeared as the band was going out here. I have yet to work them, I need them on Phone and RTTY, neither of which I have seen them operate. They should be around for quite a few days still before heading back to the main camp.

73 De Mike
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« Reply #11 on: March 18, 2013, 07:42:22 PM »

R7 is passable on 30 meters, but marginal on 40 meters.  I've never seen it outperform the HF log periodic on the higher bands.

Pete

I wouldn't expect a vertical to outperform a directional antenna on any band.  It would probably be as good or better than a low dipole on 40 and 30.

John AF5CC
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« Reply #12 on: March 18, 2013, 07:44:21 PM »

For Heard I'm planning on getting some type of parasitic beam up (maybe a hexbeam) for the higher bands but I will also probably build a EDZ cut for 30, just to get my signal a few more dB on that band.

Since it is just for Heard, how about a wire beam for 30m?  Don't need to rotate it.  That would put you ahead of much of the competition on that band.

John AF5CC
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K1ZJH
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« Reply #13 on: March 18, 2013, 08:20:51 PM »

Got him on 17 meters CW at around 0317 GMT. Surprised how strong he was. ATNO for me.

Pete
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« Reply #14 on: March 19, 2013, 04:08:28 AM »

He's loud on 40M CW this morning, but ignoring all the stateside callers in favor of JA's.

73,

Don, K2DC

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