Pileups & amplifiers

Discussion in 'The DX Zone' started by KJ7ZEI, Jun 26, 2021.

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  1. KJ7ZEI

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  2. WA9FZB

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    Oh, and you could go over to the "dark side" and try the FT digital modes. I have 100 watts (or less) and a ground-mounted trap vertical with just a handful of radials on a city lot, and running about 50 watts on FT4 and FT8, I have worked over 80 countries since January 1 this year.

    Sometimes, like in my case, there just isn't anything to hang antennas from or to attach them to, so you can only "optimize" the compromise you call your antenna. I will not run an amplifier, though. Never have, and don't think I ever will. Right now, none of my neighbors realize that I have a ham station here. Running a big amp could change that, and I don't want the notoriety.
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  3. KJ7ZEI

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    Thanks WA9FZB! Yes, I do see myself investigationg digital soon. Viewing a spotting website over the last week, I see a ton of stations on FT4/8.

    Doubt I'll get an amp any time soon, cost being the biggest reason. I'm new and I'm having a good time right now at 100 watts.
  4. KK9W

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    My amp is a ballpoint pen I use to simulate turning on an imaginary amp while the mic is keyed that makes curmugeons on 160 and 80M tell me I'm suddenly 59 with the same 100 Watts after complaining about my weak signal.

    Have fun with 100 Watts for a while. I'm going on 15 years.
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  5. KJ7ZEI

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    Curmugeons. I like that. Haven't heard that word in a long while. I'm going to use that vociferously this week. ;)
  6. KK9W

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    It's a vocabulary staple of this message board. Use it freely, endearingly and unsparingly.
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  7. KJ7ZEI

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    Well. Happy to say I certainly did not just need an amp. I got Sweden with my setup!!!!!!!! Only my 2nd DX QSO!
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  8. KP4SX

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    Be sure to spell it correctly.
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  9. KJ7ZEI

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  10. K2DFC

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    322 countries confirmed. All at 100 watts or less. No amp, no FT-8.
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