20 or 30?

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From: James Speer (F_SPEERJR@CCSVAX.SFASU.EDU)
Date: Thu May 06 1993 - 05:53:09 EDT


>If I were to buy a real QRP rig, for one band, should I get one for 30 or
>for 20? (I recently worked a fellow in KY with his new 20m MFJ and he
>convinced me to get a 20, but I can't remember why! Must not have made that
>great an impression on me....)
>
>I'd think 30 is better because it's open - at least to SOMEwhere, almost all
>the time. 20 can be fun, but it sometimes closes for repairs or for
>inventory.
>
>KE7QJ
That's one of the reasons I chose 30. Another is that compared with 40, which
can also be fun, antennas are relatively compact and easy to make. Yet another
is the power limit: my 4 watts is less than 20 db below the limit. (Not a
practical factor if you're running 10 mw, I'll admit.)

On the negative side, however, if you're a wall paper collector don't forget
that neither the big contests nor DXCC include 30.

Cheers & 72!

Jim K5YUT


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