Re: Any antenna over salt water path

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From: Dave Fouchey (dafouchey@comcast.net)
Date: Thu Jun 20 2002 - 21:31:40 CDT


One of my all time best FD Expierences was with an HW8 & 14AVQ on a rocky
islet in Biscayne Bay, near Miami FL. That was an awesome performing antenna.

73's
Dave
WA4EMR
Sterling Heights, MI

At 07:10 PM 6/20/02 -0700, Bob Nielsen wrote:
>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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