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If you worked HI3/KL7JR I was on from Cabarete, Dominican Republic or HH2/KL7JR from northeast of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. See pic for view off our Dom Rep patio and my DX window, a DX window you can take a photo of, hi hi!! I am using a 3/4 WL 20m vertical loop (nearly square configuration with air choke wrapped around driftwood in lower right of photo. Bottom of pic is feed point for 10 and 12m rectangular loop partially nested inside 20m loop. PVC T's used as center insulators. Both loops (#14 wire) are hung from the ceiling of our 3rd floor (top) patio. I had great success with my 20m loop for the past 5 years. It's 1 WL on 17m plus a 5 ft coil to get it to .75 WL on 20m. Without the coil it does not load on 20m with my TS-570DG internal tuner. It is the most forgiving and best performing of all antennas I've tried from the balcony laced with rebar in the walls, floor and ceiling. The performance on 10 and 12m was ok on the 20m loop, but I wanted "more" (don't we all!) so I added a 10m rectangular loop. It flat out gives me 2 "S" units better signals on 10 and 12m! I love loops! Cabarete is on the north side of Hispaniola Island which is shared with Haiti. This is the 1st time I've worked from multiple countries on the same island!
73 de Yukon John, HI3/KL7JR and HH2/KL7JR
My latest book, "STEALTH and PORTABILITY: Using CB Antennas on the Amateur Bands", demonstrates just how good some 11m verticals are on 10-40m when used as verticals, monopoles, dipoles and V beams. A bonus chapter is devoted entirely to MFJ mobile verticals and what can be done with them! Large print, easy to read and informative on modifying CB and other verticals. 49 pages slam full of decades of experimenting experience with CB antennas on the ham bands! Available in PDF format via Paypal for $14.95 to: Hadfclaire@aol.com Simply log on to PayPal,submit payment and include your email address.
PROVEN ANTENNAS by KL7JR
Simple to build HF and VHF/UHF antennas for Hams and SWL's without all the geek talk! This new "e-book" in pdf form is now ready for your antenna building fun! Available from Paypal at address above for $19.95
Lately I'm in to the "minimalistic" approach when it comes to antennas. I know what the big antennas can do, but just how far can a small mobile vertical antenna go? From the Dominican Republic I literally worked the world on 10 and 12m using a 23 inch tall chopped CB mobile vertical-Wilson FGT-2 with no tip mounted to an old whiskey barrel. I caused many a pile up too and what a blast it was! Later I added a 20 inch pizza tin plate on top of the barrel to broaden the groundplane (besides the close proximity to the ocean!) and grounded it to the staves and antenna connector. I eliminated the ground radials making it even more stealthy. Believe me when I say this was one little HOT aerial!!! I'm now using a dual band 17 & 15m FGT-2 vertical and a 20m vertical from the Dom Rep.
A 20m MFJ mini-mobile vertical mounted on a 4 ft mast attached to my RV ladder was my main antenna while we camped/lived at a temporary job in Richland, WA. In just one weekend of casual operating on 20m, I worked 26 states including Hawaii and Alaska, Aruba, Cuba, France, Ontario and Alberta on this little vertical that's only 24 inches tall and a 4 inch long whip for 20m! In SC I'm using a 45 ft long End Fed wire ten feet above my RV roof. Wire works great 10-20m and I have several DX contacts in the log.
Here's what I've done with mobile MFJ and CB verticals on the ham bands.....now where's that guy who says CB antennas don't work on the ham bands, hi hi!
My rigs: Two TS-570D's and two TS-50s. Yes, I'm a Kenwood guy! I even had a TS-590S that spent more time getting repaired than my patience would allow- hi hi!
My favorite loop antenna:
"Yukon John" KL7JR has the following Ham Radio books published. They are informative, interesting and easy to read (large print!), economical and simple to order! You'll like his writing style, places ventured to and antennas built and used!
KL7JR's first Amatuer Radio book, "GO NORTH, JOHN!", ham radio adventure stories of Alaska and the Yukon, is available at LuLu.com. Debut in April 2011 QST page 85! (A life lived well in a place few people visit. A story of joy, hardship and a love of Amateur Radio in Alaska and the Yukon. Steve Ford, WB8IMY QST editor)
"AMATEUR RADIO IN CANADA'S NORTH", KL7JR's 2nd Amateur Radio book of ham adventures in VE7, VY1 and VE8 is also available on LuLu.com. 20 years of hamming from British Columbia, the Yukon and Northwest Territories (portable operating year-round, contesting in winter, special events and island activating adventures)! Debut May 2011 QST page 60! VY1RST, XK1RST and VE8RST special event ops! A must read to get you off the couch and to enjoy portable operating on a shoestring budget! Simple to build antennas and great fun from the north await you.
Recently published "PACIFIC AND CARIBBEAN DX", ham radio adventures in the US Virgin Islands, Hawaii, Dominican Republic and a couple Alaska DXpeditions thrown in for good measure. KL7JR doing what he does best from extreme locations using simple homebrew wire antennas and modified CB antennas 6-80m! Debut November QST, 2011 page 37!
"EXTREME DX" is hot off the press in Jan. 2012. A full color striking compilation of some of KL7JR's most exciting DXpeditions from the Arctic to the Tropics. The best of my best DX trips in full color! Operating takes place in polar bear country, on a glacier, from rare and remote islands and other locations. Contests, special events and using homebrew antennas or modified CB antennas on 10-80 meters make the reading "ride along interesting, action filled and as real as it gets with ham radio". The kind of Amateur Radio adventures that most hams only dream of!
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