Re: K3 power adjustment

Lyn Norstad

Jim -

OK, that makes sense. I'm looking at my contacts with both South Africa and New Zealand/Australia. All are in the 8000-9500 mile range.

I have zero contacts in South Africa on 160 OR 80 meters. Tons on 40 meters and up. New Zealand, however, same distance as SA, I do have plenty of 80 meter contacts - but mostly between 0600 and 1000 UTC.

I'd like to find a chart of layers vs direction at various times of day. Or better still, a way to build one from my log data.

Lyn, W0LEN

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Jim Brown
Sent: Wednesday, April 28, 2021 1:40 PM
Subject: Re: [Elecraft-K3] K3 power adjustment


The obstacles are 1) the 5.500-6,000 path over the pole to EU; 2) ground
conductivity is pretty low; 3) terrain -- I'm 200 ft below the top of a
ridge on the slope away from EU; 4) RX noise on both ends of the QSO.
Since moving to W6 in 2006, I have 170 countries confirmed on 160M. All
but 20 or so were CW, the rest FT8.

I've HEARD about 9 CW signals from EU in the current cycle (about 5
years), and worked two of them. I have been able to work most
DXpeditions on the band, and have even worked a few in OC QRP.

Working countries is FAR easier east of the Mississippi, thanks to
proximity to all the EU countries, and the path that is less polar. The
equivalent distances to AS yields JA, BA, BY, JT, HS, UA9 from land
masses larger than EU. Ditto for VK.

73, Jim

On 4/28/2021 7:59 AM, Lyn Norstad wrote:
Jim -

I figured it would be an impressive assortment of 160m antennas, and you don't disappoint. With all that going for you, there must be something else holding back 160 at your location (terrain? ground conductivity? bad connection somewhere?). I say that because you mention needing to run full legal power on 160 to work EU.

You'd probably laugh at my 160 setup, but basically it's a simple 5/8 wave dipole (360 feet E-W with max sig N-S) center fed with 600 ohm ladder line (160 feet) with all the appropriate impedance matching, choke, etc. I seldom run more than 50 watts (can go to 500 if needed, but hardly ever do on any band). Yet in 2 short years, I have made over 4,000 contacts on 160 including 61 DXCC entities and separately, WAS in a long weekend. I generally receive better sig reports than I give. And as you know, I am dead center in the dreaded "Black Hole" of DX.

Maybe all those redwoods are a factor? Or ground conductivity?

Lyn, W0LEN

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Jim Brown
Sent: Tuesday, April 27, 2021 9:34 PM
Subject: Re: [Elecraft-K3] K3 power adjustment

On 4/27/2021 4:48 PM, Lyn Norstad wrote:
Jim -

What are you using for an antenna on 160?
Hi Len,

I have three for TX. The first, a Tee with the top supported to about
100 ft between two redwoods, with about 60 on-ground radials; the other
two are wires sloping to the east and to the west from the 120 ft tower
that holds my straight 3-el SteppIR, 30 ft long 6M Yagi, and feedpoint
for 40M wire Yagi. The wires are insulated from the tower, and fed, one
at a time, from the base against 4 radials elevated about 20 ft. The
tower acts as a passive reflector. The tower also acts as a reflector
for the Tee to the south. The tower has 8-10 on-ground radials

For RX, I have two reversible Beverages using DX Eng hardware, 550 ft to
EU/VK, and 500 ft to SA/JA. And I have a pair of VE3DO loops spaced 5/8
wave and aimed at EU, that I can steer +/- 30 degrees with a DX Eng NCC-1.

There's something wrong with the two sloping wires that I need to fix
during the summer. It's got directivity, but negative gain, so I suspect
something with the connection of the tower's radial system.

73, Jim

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