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Ham Talk Live! Episode 121 - Live from Baker Island!

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by WB9VPG, Jun 25, 2018.

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  1. AF2DX

    AF2DX Ham Member QRZ Page

    The bands may not be the best but three nights ago i did work VK ham and two nights ago i worked out to the West coast with 30 watts using the CHAMELEON E-COMM-3,with a 71 foot wire.
    The DNR on the FT 891 helps remove a lot of QRM.
    GL Dxing
  2. K7XC

    K7XC Ham Member QRZ Page

    With these minimal conditions each region of the world has certain geographic areas they can work fairly easily and others that are almost impossible. It is a fact of life that it is unfair and often cruel... Something you learn to accept and move on while continuing to do your best. That being said... the KEY to enjoying Amateur Radio is to concentrate your efforts on your Antennas FIRST and radios much further down the line. In my case I have a wide spaced 3 element 20M Monoband yagi at 43 feet. Below it at 39 feet is a 80M/40M fan inverted vee all mounted atop a AB-577 Heavy Duty mast. All 3 of these antennas perform well which improves my chances to work the rare ones under these conditions. There are other antennas on the property that are the best I can do with what I have. This allows me to chase DX on 160M thru 432MHz. I realize not everyone has been a ham for 40 years, having accumulated many antennas / masts / towers, etc... Never having much money, I started in Ham radio with a couple of 100 lb boat anchors that barely delivered 40 Watts out on CW. My first antenna was a Gotham V-5 vertical mounted on the chain link fence that surrounded the families 1/3 acre lot. I didn't work muck DX back then and over time developed my skills, antennas, and radios to the point I began working my up the DXCC ladder. It took patience, practice, and learning to pay attention to whats going on around you. Often in the local community there are opportunities to acquire free gear/antennas just for picking them up. Many generous friends have over the years done so which is the only reason that the station is what it is today. My point is "You Do The Best You Can With What You Got" while keeping an eye out for opportunities to improve your station when they reveal themselves. Over time you will prevail if you just keep at it as nothing improves your skills more than operating from a small station. I hope this perspective helps. 73s & Best of luck !

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