The 2018 Top Band “Two-Fer”

Baker and Ducie are on this year, and they will be chip shots from the West Coast on the Low Bands – which is a rare occurrence. I think I will launch a line back up in my neighbors tree – and use it long enough for these DX-peditions. Turns out – I have both of these entities on 80 – 10M, so only…

Those Last Two QSL’s That You Need . . .

After years of chasing 160M DXCC (which puts me at 9BDXCC), these last couple of QSL’s are just hanging out there. Instead of the fast LOTW upload, both are old fashioned hard cards that have to be printed and sent. Then I have to process them the slow way with the ARRL. Its not a big deal – just ironic. Hurry up and wait!…

Confessions of a “Fair Weather Top Bander” . . .

All of a sudden I’m loving 80M – and this I never would have expected Because making DXCC on 160M (without using remotes) from the West Coast is so hard, I fancied myself as a real DX “Scrapper” being able to do so. For sure, its a great accomplishment – and one that DXers on the East Coast (or those on the West Coast…

The Sure Fire Cycle 25 Prediction!

I have read several predictions for Cycle 25: It will be weaker than Cycle 24 It will be the same as Cycle 24 It will be similar to Cycle 23 I remember how many predictions there were at this time before Cycle 24. There were so many – it was hard to take any seriously – but each of us believed what we wanted…

Phased 80M Array Using 41′ Inverted L’s

I need to tweak the dimensions a little so the gain matches what is expected (3 dB end fire, 1 dB broadsided), but in a way it doesn’t matter because when you tune the verticals for use with the DV-80-P or DV-40-P, you trim to get to a certain frequency. The manual is great this way and foolproof. The front to back is pretty…

160M DXCC and 9BDXCC – Thanks to Bernie, W3UR!

#100 from V47UR, Bernie, W3UR while on Vacation Our QSO was literally right at Bernie’s Sunrise! A classic grey line “enhancement”. Bernie and I have been trying day and night – using the ON4KST Chat. I have made a small handful of such QSO’s, which I guess you can call “assisted” with the Chat, but in every case, the operator insisted that we have…

160M DXCC: #98 – P29VXG

Almost there. I’m so glad that Top Band woke up after a really bad start this Northern Hemisphere Fall and beginning of Winter. Its been on fire since the beginning of the year. I don’t smoke, but I will have a nice double espresso with a chocolate to celebrate!

The NEW Wellbrook ALA1530LNP

I have the old Wellbrook ALA1530LNP magnetic loop receiving antenna in a position 3′ above the ground and next to a little creek. I now have a second ALA1530LNP up 13′ or so – above the roof and away from any metal or other obstructions. https://www.loop-antennas.com/wellbrook/ I absolutely see the difference – it is 9 dB more gain and lower noise than my first…

Wellbrook ALA1530LNP and Cushcraft D40: This Weekend

I’m replacing the MFJ-1886 Loop with a second Wellbrook ALA1530LNP because the Wellbrook is very noticeably better than the MFJ. I was able to do weeks worth of daily night and early morning A B comparisons using a DX Engineering NCC-2, and there simply is no comparison – the higher gain and lower noise is very evident. I’ve now worked 3 new one’s on…

160M DXCC #97: T88PB – Palau

It was rough, but its #97 and in the log. Three more Top Band QSO’s and Two more for Honor Roll #1. These are fun times in DXing for me – especially 160M all of a sudden waking up so nicely. This past Fall was really disappointing, I thought I’d have to wait all year to get to 100, but (fingers crossed), I very…