How effective is your station?

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by VK6FLAB, Feb 8, 2019.

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  1. KK7BQ

    KK7BQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    I have a 23 foot vertical antenna strapped to the chimney on my flat roofed house, 75 feet of LMR 400 cable and an old ICOM IC 706 producing less than 100 watts. I operate only CW. Many of the contacts I make have hugely expensive enormous antennas, expensive amplifiers and just fantastic radios. Not sure how effective MY station is.
  2. K5VOU

    K5VOU Ham Member QRZ Page

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  3. K5VOU

    K5VOU Ham Member QRZ Page

    It is really hard to correct an error here :) - Tom K5VOU That -235 dB number was off because I put in the freq in Hz instead of MHz :( It should be ~32 dB.
  4. MW1CFN

    MW1CFN Ham Member QRZ Page

    Well, the article is what it is. But if we were overly-worried about these things, we wouldn't bother trying.

    The QSOs I remember aren't the ones with macho big gun stations, but the ones who are bored, in a student dorm, say, with a wire thrown out the window - in this case, using OLIVIA. Or hearing the background noise of a pickup truck on SSB via a simple HF stick antenna as it trundles across vast dusty swathes of Australia.

    If there's one thing I don't understand, it's why so many complain about an inability to get out, yet so few use effective weak signal modes like OLIVIA, ROS, etc. As some others have commented in the past, it seems those modes might be underused and remarkable capabilities going unrecognised, simply because it involves a degree of real person-to-person effort.

    On the other hand, you can compete with your own and/or others' 'effectiveness' using WSPR. The daily WSPR DX listening challenge is very interesting in that regard - and involves precisely zero human bias or wishful thinking - unless you're one of the very few who can't resist saying they're transmitting 100mW, whilst actually sending 5W (yes, really!)
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  5. KI6PMD

    KI6PMD Ham Member QRZ Page

    Well I am a TECHNICIAN CLASS ham & using 100 watts to a 5 /8 wave vertical tuned for 10 # meters I got my DXCC for 10# meter phone last year ! Worked all contents 10# meter phone & VUCC + on Satellite ! 43 states so far on 6# meters ! 39 states on VHF/UHF via satellite ! & 68 countries on 15# meter CW & quite a few on 10# 40# & 75# meters ! LOOK OUT BIG GUNS !!! when I get my GENERAL ! 73' Phil KI6PMD..
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  6. WN1MB

    WN1MB Ham Member QRZ Page

    Well done - especially the 15 meter CW work! Congratulations, Phil.
  7. KI6PMD

    KI6PMD Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thanks Jeff WN1MB I hope to work you soon on the bands CW the correct wave ! By the way 15 meters right now is PLAYING like the band ! & Jeff love your QRZ & your WEB sites they are great all the best & keep up the GOOD work 73' Phil KI6PMD ..
  8. G3SEA

    G3SEA Ham Member QRZ Page

    To quote a famous line from the ' Oblivion ' movie " We are an Effective Team ' :cool:

  9. KF2ZO

    KF2ZO XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Try a folded dipole or even better a loop antenna. KF2ZO Anand.
  10. N3RTD

    N3RTD Ham Member QRZ Page

    My station has performed very well over the years, always putting thought and effort in antennas more than QRO, working the world with QRP and QRO when I have to. The most important is use the minimum power necesary but don’t be afraid to use it when you need it, and of course use what you have and can afford. If you cannot afford it due to finances and or HOA, then use what you can and have fun. There are way too many variables at play to make absolute statements as to what is effective. What an effective station is to me is one that you can afford and able to build. I worked france on 160 meters with 30 watts at 9pm last august with a 528 foot end fed at 5 feet off the ground and it was home made including a self wrapped UNUN, cost me .50 cents for the core, and 40$ for the wire. Now is that effective.

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