Takeoff Angle Path Analysis on 160M for EU and 40M for ZS and 3Y0Z

Last night, when I saw quite a few spots between Washington State, Montana and parts of Oregon – where they were working EU and Scandinavia on 160M. I am getting excited because maybe we will get some of that here at Chez KY6R . . . I wanted to use Google Earth (Classic) and check to see which direction 10 degrees is – and…

Major 160M Opening

The most interesting part of this image is how much closer R1FJ, JW, JX, OX and TF look than on a flat map. In fact, they are not that much farther than FP was, which was my last new one on Top Band, and where FP was very loud here. This is a very good omen . . .  I’ve only been chasing 160M…

Pacificon 2017

I will be presenting during the Pacificon 2017 Antenna Forum on Friday, October 20, from 3:30 – 4:30, and my topic is “Low Band DXing Antennas”. I will start with a survey of all of the low band antennas that you should consider for DX-ing on the bands 160 – 30M, and I will include transmit as well as special receive antennas. The presentation…

DXCC “Trifecta”

Happy Friday – and Cheer’s to the Weekend! I need 12 more to achieve DXCC on 160M, which is a very big deal here on the West Coast. I will also achieve 9BDXCC at the same time – so its a double good achievement and now that its within reach, I’m getting excited about DXCC as much as I can these days. I was…

Countdown to Autumnal Equinox 2017

from NJ.COM . . . At 4:02 PM EST, the sun will be directly over the equator – meaning there will be equal daylight and night time world wide. I’m up with a cup of my favorite French Roast listening to FP/G3ZAY fade, and with high hopes that the T88 fires up soon. They are both in my grey line sights. Last night, I…

The “Dirty Dozen”!

I’m now on a jag to get to 90 with only 10 left to go. T88XA was spotted this morning after my sunrise – so that’s one that should be easy. 5T5OK will require serious luck as I have not yet heard them, VK9XI starts up in less than 2 weeks, CT9 is a possibility, KG4HH another in October, VK9CI in October, A52SJ –…

The Best Two Antennas I Have Ever Had

For all low bands, 160-30M, my own designed “Modified Bobtail” is a very clear winner. I’ve blogged extensively about this antenna, and the best antenna tuner for this antenna – and my favorite antenna tuner of all time is the Palstar BT1500A. Every feature, knob and button is useful and perfect for the Mod Bob. The best yagi antenna I have ever had was…

ZS3D and ZS6CCY on Mod Bob – 40M

Dani, ZS3D and ZS6CCY were 59 on the Mod Bob tuned for 40M, so I have just confirmed that its as good or better than the broadside direction on the DX Engineering DV-40-P. I broke through small pileups and was first in in both cases. What was especially cool was that this was during a major solar storm – with a radio blackout in…

Mod-Bob vs. DX Engineering DV-40-P

My DX Engineering DV-40-P 40M phased array just gave up the ghost (SWR went high and there is no directionality), and while its most likely a gopher who has chewed on a wire, the two elements are really too close to the Mod Bob. It is possible (but much less likely) that transmitting on the Mod-Bob has fried a component in the DV-40-P.  Since…