Local QSO question

Discussion in 'On-Air Operations - Q&A' started by KT3LZY, Dec 2, 2019.

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  1. KT3LZY

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    I bud and me live about 15 miles apart and both ragchew a least a couple nights a week on, get this, 10 meters...we both run around 50 watts or less and are both 59....both are using dipoles....what’s weird (at least to us) is when we try to ragchew on 20 or 40 watts we can barely copy each other...even at 100 watts...what is wrong here?
  2. KG4ZAR

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    Basically it's a combination of the dipole antennas and the nature of the band. 10 meters is a acting more as a line of sight band during this low solar cycle period, much like 2 meters. 40meters is still a longer distance band, more like 200- 500 miles. For close range on 40 meters or even 20meters you'll need to set up a NVIS antenna that will keep your signals closer to the ground. I don't have a NVIS antenna so I can't really explain them but if you Google it you'll find plenty of information.
    Hope this helps.

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