From: Bob Nielsen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Oh-oh, you're revealing the secrets we island-dwellers have been
Bainbridge Island, WA
On Wed, Jun 19, 2002 at 03:25:53PM -0700, Benjamin F. Poinsett wrote:
> 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
> 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
> 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
> Interesting stuff.
> 72 & 73,
> Ben, K3BP
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