FT-817 and 6 Mtrs.

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From: Chuck Carpenter (w5usj@globeco.net)
Date: Sun May 13 2001 - 08:31:00 CDT


VHF QRPers,

First Contact...

Made my first contact on 6 with the FT-817 running 5 W SSB. Among other
uses, the FT-817 is doing duty as a band monitor while I'm working in my
home office.

I ran about 40 ft of RG-8X connected to a coax switch from the shack to the
office. The other day (10th), I heard a real strong station calling CQ on
6. Rather than go to the shack and switch over to the FT-847 I thought I'd
give it a try. Sure enough, he heard me and gave me a 5/5 from EM87, a new
grid for me. He was 5/9+ running 100 W to a 7 el beam on a 100 ft tower.
I'm using a 4 el beam up about 25 ft.

The 6 mtr band has been really hopping for most of the past week. Should
be a good Es season. When conditions are good, QRP is quite doable on 6
mtrs. Even with that extra length of lossy RG-8X... 8^)...

Chuck Carpenter, W5USJ, Point, Rains Co., TX - EM22cv, NETXQRP #1
ARCI #5422, QRP-L #1306, SOC #57, Six Club #201, SMIRK #6275
Zombie #759, RARA #3, Visit NETXQRP Web Site: http://www.netxqrp.org
[TMPS] Qs/131, States/40, DX /27, 3W to HF9V, Marsh Key, Codeboy Keyer


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