[OhQP-mail] KC8YJJ/M operating some east ohio counties

Hank Greeb n8xx at arrl.org
Wed Aug 25 19:31:35 EDT 2010

  One thing a lot of QRP ops use is a 31' collapsible pole, available as 
a fishing pole from Cabelas, Jackite, etc. and as a kite anchor at many 
Kite stores.  The antenna is made from #24 speaker wire or similar, and 
very light 300 ohm twin lead is used for feeders.  It can be erected in 
a few minutes by one person.  The antenna is used as an inverted "V" and 
covers all bands from the wavelength where the dipole is >1/4 wavelength 
to 10 Metres.  I've used such an antenna with 100 watts - it certainly 
will handle that power.  A dipole worse better @ 70', but for rover 
operation, it's several dB better than a vertical whip on a mobile.

73 de n8xx Hg
Operating as N8Q from the village of McComb, in HENRy county during OQP 2010

On 8/25/2010 7:12 PM, Jimk8mr at aol.com wrote:
> Gary,
> If you are planning to do all or most of your operating while stopped ( a
> good idea if you are by yourself), you might consider operating as a  Rover.
> That is, take a dipole or two, find a spot with a reasonable tree, and get
> the center up as high as you can.  I've done it with a big nut on the end
> of a string, giving it a good spin and release.  25 to 30 feet is  doable.
> Then just string the ends out as far as you can and if there are  no other
> trees around, just have a couple of bricks or the like to hold the  ends.
> It likely won't take more than 15 minutes to get the antenna up, and you'll
>   be a couple of S-units louder on 40 or 80. That's the difference between
> people  hearing you (and being able to do some CQing), and getting sand
> kicked in your  radio face.
> On 20 meters and above the difference between a dipole and mobile whip  is
> not so great, so probably not worth the time for that band.
> As a Rover, you can still make qsos with your mobile antennas, so if you
> work people while moving, or don't put up a dipole at some locations, no
> problem.
> Whatever you do, have fun this weekend, and good luck!
> 73   -    Jim   K8MR
> In a message dated 8/25/2010 5:34:10 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
> kc8yjj at gotmc.net writes:
> Yep I signed up this morning Mike. For now, I am going solo. I plan on
> finding a high spot and stopping for an hour or so in each county, then move on
>   to the next. Route will be Jefferson, to Columbiana, to Carol, to
> Harrison, to  Belmont, to maybe Guernsey. On the way home, depending on the time,
> may go  straight through Belmont to Jefferson and home. If I have time, I may
> wander  around a bit on the way back north.
> Gary
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