A blog about amateur radio - particularly data/qrp/digital
Monday, 19 November 2012
I improved my antenna system this afternoon - I've now got a much longer long wire which is a bit higher - I can't quite touch the apex. I'm still using 500mW/817/T1 tuner, and the XYL's washign line pole as earth, and my DX heard record is S59I at about 1500 km. He hasn't heard me. Best "heard me" is DK6UG at about 900km.
900 km at 500mW on 160m is out of this league for M0DEV. Even with JT65, I'm talking watts, not mW on that band.
160m is worth revisiting. But I do want to get my head around whether "watts per km" is sensible. I suspect it's not.