Hole Ova Da Pole?

Discussion in 'The DX Zone' started by KE0EYJ, Jun 13, 2018.

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  1. KE0EYJ

    KE0EYJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    I am in Seoul, Korea as HL1ZIX.

    Could someone explain what's happening when I am able to work better directly over the pole than direct shortpath bearing?

    Another instance, today when I had my moxon turned just off of 0 degrees (actually, I was about 350 degrees), and was able to work a station in Minnesota, and another in Illinois, on 20m. My correct path to this area should be 25 degrees. The moxon throws a pretty wide path, but am thinking my signal may have been bent somewhat over the pole, because even with a 110 degree path with the moxon, I was flirting with the far reaches of the moxon.

    Is there a polar condition which causes this?



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  2. K7GQ

    K7GQ Subscriber QRZ Page

    Nah ... this is normal for most any amateur HF directional antenna. None I'm familiar with have such a narrow beam width that you'd notice. Even my 3EL Steppir has something like 40-45 degrees beam width for the 3db points. With those same band conditions, you could probably point at 45 and still work Minnesota.
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  3. K2HAT

    K2HAT QRZ Volunteer Volunteer DX Helper QRZ Page

    From W1AW I point the antenna East and work Brazil which is South.....

    Point the antenna to where the signal is strong, who cares where the pointer shows. :)
  4. WA7PRC

    WA7PRC Ham Member QRZ Page

    ^ ^ ^ THIS ^ ^ ^
    For most unidirectional antennas with modest gain, it ain't that critical. The higher the gain, the more critical the aiming. I once worked with μWave (f ≥ 2 GHz) TELCO gear that used 30 dB gain dishes. In that case, aiming mattered. :)

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