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The OMs on QRZ said this won't work

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by N7KOM, Nov 20, 2023.

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  1. N7KOM

    N7KOM Ham Member QRZ Page

    "How's the 10-ft Mast going to do as much good for a wire antennas, the ground losses would be terrible?"
    "You can find telescoping carbon fiber fishing poles over 60 ft long on ebay"

    Maybe i was feeling a little surly after this super fun pileup ;)
    My wire was only about 8' off the ground during this SOTA activation. Worked a super fun pileup on 20m and then a Japan on 15m.

    73 de Tim N7KOM
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  2. AI6XK

    AI6XK Ham Member QRZ Page

    wow! At least the guy could do, would be to come back at you with the same speed! :)
    KC3SDJ, KO4LFE, TA1TRJ and 3 others like this.
  3. W7ASA

    W7ASA Ham Member QRZ Page

    Nothing speaks like success. Thanks for posting

    73/72 de Ray ..._ ._
    KO4LFE, TA1TRJ, KC7ZXY and 5 others like this.
  4. AI5FK

    AI5FK XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    I have a random wire hung at roughly 6 feet in the woods behind my house. I am surprised at some of the contacts I have made with it, forgot to switch back over to the DX commander and used the end fed instead.
    W7JZE, KO4LFE, W8ISK and 4 others like this.
  5. AK5B

    AK5B XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Ho-hum. I am so tired of this

    "Will it work?" --

    "Does it work?"

    "That won't work!"

    same old endless argument/question/answer nonsense. Pointless, sheer stupidity in my opinion.

    When it comes to antennas EVERYTHING WORKS!

    It is all a matter of degree as to HOW WELL it will work. The OP could have laid the antenna on the ground and he still would have made contacts (especially so with an efficient mode like CW). He could have hooked up a light bulb and made contacts. Dummy loads have been used for dx contacts to prove this, too.

    Would he have made the same contacts if his wire was 50 feet in the air? Probably, plus a great deal more!
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2023
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  6. K5MO

    K5MO Ham Member QRZ Page

    A 50 ohm resistor "works".

    A yagi at 100' "works"

    The YT title is just clickbait.
    W3KW, N8COO, W1SRR and 20 others like this.
  7. W1LJ

    W1LJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Pretty cool, I like the ultra-light approach with a short mast. But it's all relative, right? EFHW wire? Perhaps with a 20' pole your signals would have been even louder?

    I once worked Australia from Connecticut running 3 watts on 10m FM (!) to a 1/4 wave vertical with NO radials or other ground. Should be impossible. But if propagation allows...

    73, W1LJ
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  8. AK5B

    AK5B XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Bingo! Propagation is 99% of "success."
    WB2YMU, N7IDE, KO4LFE and 14 others like this.
  9. KR3DX

    KR3DX Ham Member QRZ Page

    Question: Out of all of those contacts that you made from the top of a summit, how many of them were with stations that had their antenna only 8 feet above ground?
    WB2YMU, W1SRR, W1AU and 17 others like this.
  10. KL7KN

    KL7KN Ham Member QRZ Page

    With so many tall trees right next to you - why not toss a line into the tree and use that as a "mast"?

    I routinely use a hiking pole (trekking pole) as part of my antenna 'system' - along with a tree.

    Looks like you had fun. However - the gloating part runed the vid for me.
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  11. K3FHP

    K3FHP XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    But the QRM and pileups would have been much worse. Sometimes the minimal is good enough.
    TA1TRJ, AD4ZU, KC7ZXY and 1 other person like this.
  12. AK5B

    AK5B XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Right, but beside the point.
    TA1TRJ, KO2Q, HB9EPC and 2 others like this.
  13. W9AFB

    W9AFB Ham Member QRZ Page

    Looks like the OM bat-signal has been activated.
    WZ7U, W3DDS, AD4ZU and 16 others like this.
  14. KE0GXN

    KE0GXN XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Nah....It's more like the click bait Ham Tuber look at me, look at me, bat-signal has been activated.

    The only thing missing is the clown face to go along with it.
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  15. W7DGJ

    W7DGJ Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    Does anyone else feel there's a bit of age discrimination creeping into the title of the video? I'm the first to call myself an OM when I'm working CW, but this has somewhat of the sound of my son when he was a teenager, talking about how my opinions were not valid any longer.
    KD5GFG, KB1FUA, TA1TRJ and 16 others like this.

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