[OhQP-mail] OQP Activity

jimk8mr at aol.com jimk8mr at aol.com
Thu Jun 20 20:53:47 CDT 2019

Steve has good suggestions, though I'd disagree somewhat with one of them.  Don't get excited about a NVIS antenna. The idea behind them is good when the ionosphere supports short skip (and longer), but that is not likely to be the case at this point in the sunspot cycle. If there is no ionosphere to reflect signals, squirting all that RF straight up isn't going to result in that RF coming back down.
Put up whatever efficient 40 meter antenna you can and go at it. And 80/75 meters is likely to be quite busy, Depending on local activity, there may be a few QSOs to be made on 15 and 10 by asking those local guys to QSY to those bands.
But whatever you do, get on the air and have fun!

73  -   Jim   K8MR
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From: Stephen Morton <swmorton50 at gmail.com>
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Sent: Thu, Jun 20, 2019 5:14 pm
Subject: [OhQP-mail] OQP Activity

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