Should i even bother trying to work 75m with 100w?
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working 75 is no problem with a 100 watts, you may be only S9 to 10 over, hi hi but I and many others do it everyday. Antenna here is a simple dipole 60ft each leg up about 25 feet fed with RG6.
"Come on down" I've enjoyed it for last several months, I used to feel the same way. 73 and I'll look for you
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On quiet QRN nights I've worked both coasts from MO with 5w into a 160m loop.
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An awful lot of people do work 75 meters with 100 watts and a rather inefficient dipole. In the interest of experimenting, you would want to try it. If it didn't work, make changes to your antenna.
Lots of folks believe 75 meters is only good with big amplifiers. So they crank up the amp without trying to run barefoot first. But some will try, and frequently I'll hear some guy flip his amp off and ask "you guys still copying me?" And usually they are.
It's nice to have the amp. But the antenna is a more important item, and if you can get a decent antenna up it will make your signal worthwhile. I find I never use the amp on 75 unless I'm checking into a net and the NCS is having a hard time copying me. Then it will usually - but not always - make a difference.
Summer is a rather bad time for experimenting, though, due to the QRN. Still, a lot of good contacts can be made with 100 watts or less.
Good luck. Give it a try. Or a few tries.
Back when "Sam" was alive, I've forgotten his callsign, I've worked Hawaii MOBILE with 100 watts.
Admittedly, it was Sam's antenna, not mine, but still.....
All you need is a good antenna.
i'm sorry you don't have the experience or understanding to realize that others possess a skill set that you seem to dismiss as fantastical.
With a good dipole, sure, especially out to 700 to 1000 miles fine, beyond that sometimes can, sometimes can't!
With a good vertical, over 700 to 1000 miles out will be fine, less distance marginal.
With a G5RV maybe close in most of the time, once in a while farther out.
Using the bed springs on your twin beds, who knows! Back in the late 1950s and early 1960s there was a high school student who lived in New York City in a high-rise apartment building who's only antenna was the old "trampoline" springs in the two twin beds in his bedroom. He got out suprisingly well with an old Heathkit DX-40 (about 35 watts peak output on AM phone). He ran the center conductor of his coax to one set of springs and the braid to the other set of springs!
Well i hear quite a few stations that work 75 with 100W or less and have very good results. If you want to hang out on some of the killer watts station freq's where operators set the rf gain to only hear stations at s9/+20 or better you might as well stay off but if you look aroud you'll find many good places to run with what you have. I remember the good old days where running only the minimum power needed to matain reliable communication was the rule....still is i beleive, but the CB mentality of if i have legal limit i'm going to run it is becoming rampant. Too bad but i don't need the strongest signal just the best.