Re: Any antenna over salt water path

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From: Bob Nielsen (nielsen@oz.net)
Date: Thu Jun 20 2002 - 21:10:29 CDT


Oh-oh, you're revealing the secrets we island-dwellers have been
guarding carefully!

73,
Bob, N7XY
Bainbridge Island, WA

On Wed, Jun 19, 2002 at 03:25:53PM -0700, Benjamin F. Poinsett wrote:
> Stuart,
>
> Re: antennas and salt water. I just came back from a short vacation in
> Chincoteague, VA. I took my trusty Wilderness Radio Sierra, ZM-2, and
> antennas.
> We stayed at a motor inn right on the water. I also made sure the
> building was made of wood. I used both an indoor doublet and indoor
> random wires as antennas.
>
> Chincoteague is an island with plenty of salt water all around.
>
> I was able to work Belgium on 17 meters using 1 watt out. On 20 meters,
> I worked Portugal using 1 watt out. We were in a third floor room about
> 35 ft. above sea level.
>
> Some years ago when I lived on the south shore of Long Island, NY many
> hams worked ten meter ground wave, over the Atlantic Ocean, to NJ. The
> distances, in many cases, were in excess 50 to 75 miles. Power levels
> were typically 25 to 100 watts input. Some times contacts were made with
> southern
> Connecticut from the south shore of LI. This path was partially over
> land. LI is approximately 20 miles wide. Therefore, the first 20 miles
> was over land then the next 20 or so miles was over LI Sound to
> Connecticut.
>
> Interesting stuff.
>
> 72 & 73,
>
> Ben, K3BP


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