Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by N8FVJ, May 16, 2019.
Facebook? Huh! Like it says on the sticker, "I'm good on QRZ!" We're all mad here!
A well crafted ham station has a good antenna and needs only 100w (or less)
A restricted station uses power to overcome a crappy antenna.
Here in the south, 80M is noisy in the summer with lightning and weather. Often the noise is S9 to 10 over. If you want to talk, the answer is a signal better than the noise. A good antenna may not be enough.
I sincerely disagree with your "well crafted" comment. 100-watts "may be" adequate for many operators. However, with higher power, the band generally "opens" some time before and "closes" some time after when compared with the lower powered stations.
I do agree that one should get the best antenna system possible before going to higher power. Then, going higher in power is definitely an option.
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Aone should get the best antenna system possible before going to higher power. Then, going higher in power is definitely an option.
Then after that get a big multi-element Cubical Quad or a maybe a stack of The big Step IR.
Of course you can always continue to go bigger with a huge Sterba Curtain!
I can just imagine not only opening and closing the band , but making your own propagation at will!
If ya lived in an old gas station you could do this --
Hmmm. QRP just doesn't cut it. Change to 100 Watts... still not enough power... go to 1500 watts, the legal limit... there are STILL stations that don't hear me. Switch to...??? When does it end? YMMV.
Yup, I'm good on QRZ--for life!!
SHHHHHH.....only a hobby. Antenna is everything in radio communications.
antenna is everything, yes, but is often constrained by space, finances, HOA, or wife. Built the best antenna that YOU can and then add power. That's what i did.
I agree. Each $1.00 spent on antenna improvement often costs at least $5-$10.00 in amp co$t. But there IS a limit to antennas. There is also a limit to (legal) power, although SOME hams don't seem to abide by the rules, and run well in excess of the legal limit.