Re: On Learning Humility; An Evening with Bugs in Florida
Detrick, you've given me some good ideas. For one, maybe I'm not
staying in the saddle long enough. You say most yours are all day
affairs. Maybe I was spoiled to get 49 qso's in an hour Sunday,
and 39 in an hour on a weekday a few wks ago. Flukes?
For two, you use CW (I note your straight key in your qrz photo);
I've been using SSB cuz I'm lazy but in truth, I really like and
sometimes prefer CW. About 15 wpm for me.
As for power, I had an 817 until recently and had been
consistently disappointed with results on 5w CW. Phone on 5w was,
for me, a complete waste of electrons. Thus I bought the Icom
706; bigger and heavier, but still smaller than a normal base
station unit. I like it, so far, but we're still just dating.
With 100w and the EndFedz antenna I received a number of 59's from
Massachusetts and beyond. I even had a ham stop in at 7184 to
tell me, in a very nice way, that I was interfering with their net
in NY at 7185! I took that as a compliment, then courteously
If I go backpacking, and if, someday, the bands improve, I'd use my NorCal40 CW xcvr tuned for 7024 or 7044. By the way, do you know why there's two? Is one for General and the other for Extra?
In your qrz photo you have an interesting battery resting on your handrail. Is that what I think it is? Great idea.
100 w to 15 w is 8 dB, pretty significant difference. The ratio
of 100w to the 5w of an 817 is 13 dB; hugely significant, IMHO.
On 5/1/2018 2:49 PM, Detrick Merz wrote: