Nice coverage from the 40m vertical with only 3 radials LOL
In ancient China, the Emperor Nasi Goreng build the great wall to keep the rabbits out, there were to many rabbits in China. And here were I live, I am doing the same, except its to keep the hares out of my garden and way from our fruit trees. There are to many hares in Blackbutt and so i am building a rabbit proof fence.
100th anniversary of the founding of Radio Club Argentino
Antenna is a little bit long, but not much i can do to shorten it now, its a helically wound wire up a 10m pole. There are currently 3 radials under the antenna. 3 is obviously not enough, 8 would be minimum and 36 would be adequate, but after the following tests, I am pretty much settled now on building a 40m vertical out of aluminium tube and putting down 36 plus radials.
+7 in the Canary Islands, I doubt i have ever been that strong before and I know that the spots from the USA are all higher than I would typically expect with my low power operation.
The real clincher was the RBN spots. I have never had so many spots from a couple of calls.
Needed an antenna back up for 40m since i broke the portable dipole and cannot find the parts in my moving boxes to fix it. 40m vertical it is then, 3 radials for sub par performance and a can do attitude to make it happen. Ok, its windy, not just any old wind, its Ecca wind from the west so strong it would blow your panties off as you can see by the bend in the sotabeams mast looking more like a fishing pole with a 100kg tuna than a 40m vertical.
I was able to leave it up long enough to run some tests and see that it works, that the noise floor here is so low that a vertical is useable and that a 40m vertical made out of aluminium and a heap of radials might just be the answer to my antenna problems. More to come on that.
I was actually the first F-Call to ever win the DXer of the year award from the WIA. I did it before the changes that allowed F-Calls to use digital mode. The WIA website used to show on its leaderboard that I had achieved this award in 2016 and would have also won it in 2014 and 2015. But not anymore. I have been canceled by the WIA and every trace of what I achieved as an F-Call has been removed from the website entirely. Not sure whose cornflakes i pissed on, but here we are rewriting history to suit their agenda. I got the trophy, i wonder if they are coming next to take that back also HAHAHA.
Jesus, ham radio politicians are so thin skinned and pissweak individuals and then they wonder why no one wants to join their club of fuckwittery.