Re: Gain due to mountaintop QTH?

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From: James M Fitton +1 508 960 2577 (mvjf@mvubr.att.com)
Date: Wed May 25 1994 - 10:45:55 EDT


Wayne,

Signal enhancers found in order of effectiveness ;

1. Over salt water (directional)
2. Hill Side - Near top of hill (directional)
3. Level ground, high elevation (non-directional)
4. Level ground, High support (non-directional)
5. Near salt water ( directional, evening best)
6. Hill Top (can be very noisy)
7. Level ground, Low support (non-directional)

Low antenna at Flagstaff Ariz (elev 6000 ft.) was excellent.
QRP FD on top of hill, in shadow of yet higher hill, equivalent
   to being high on a hill side, is excellent.
Low antenna over salt water was excellent to EU.
N4BP operates a vertical while parked at salt water cove in FL,
  and does extremely well.
QRP FD on level ground at low altitude was a disaster.
Operating on a dry sandy beach near ocean was not too good.
   However, moving down to wet sand was much much better.

72 Jim, W1FMR


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