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…

160M DXCC and 9BDXCC: Four More to Go!

I’m only 4 away from DXCC on Top Band and 9BDXCC. These are both very big deals – especially for the West Coast, and using antennas that I designed and built on a small suburban lot down in a bowl below an old volcano about 20 miles east of San Francisco. Last night I listened to the pileups for Z60A – using an East…

160M DXCC: #96 – JT5DX

The tower at WLW OK, now I have only 4 left to go. This CQ 160M contest has netted 2 new ones, and the band is really superb these days. It absolutely has improved after a really lack luster and noisy Autumn. I can tell that the “switch” has flipped and that we are truly on the way to the bottom of the cycle….

160M DXCC #95 – EA8/RW4WR

Hard to believe his signal is a true S8 and like 40M, not 160M. I beat a big pileup first call – so I’m very proud of the work I put into my TX and RX antennas. Five more to go!

Two Wellbrook ALA1530LNP Loops > 80 Meter Long Beverage!

By accident, I opened the ON4UN Low Band DXing book to page 7-91, and the patterns were instantly recognizable: and I am very sure that the phased Wellbrook Loops with the NCC-2 are better than a 200 foot (80M) beverage. The main reason is because while the pattern is the same, the Beverage is stuck in one or two directions, and the phased loops…

Two Phased Wellbrook ALA1530LNP Loops = 9 dB RDF 27 dB F/B

Two Wellbrook ALA1530LNP loops phased at 215 degrees with the NCC-2 The front to back is awesome, and I can hear it when I turn these and tune either a local 10 watt TIS station or a high power AM BCB in San Diego, about 440 miles away Two phased Wellbrook ALA1530LNP loops using the DX Engineering NCC-2 is a true winner. One is…