Another Antenna Test Along the Pemi
It's another beautiful day. I rode my bike along the Pemigewasset
River again to do another antenna test with the twisted pair dipole.
I worked Russia, the Canary Islands and Pennsylvania.
This spot is hard to beat. It's right on the corner of the old road
down to the bridge abutment and there's a nice breeze here to keep
mosquitoes away. I didn't even use bug repellent today.
I set up the 44 foot dipole between the two big pine trees in the
as yesterday. The antenna is made from #22 twisted pair that's
There's 30 feet of feed line. Click here for a
photo of the antenna. I tried the
antenna on all bands from 80 to 6 meters. It tuned everywhere except
the KX3 tuner. I heard a couple of strong stations on 17 meters, so
I called R6AF Vic in Russia and made a quick QSO. He gave me a 579
sent "Nice to hear your QRP X Copy All." Then I tuned up the band
called Jorge EA8TL in the Canary Islands. We exchanged quick 599s
I listened on 20 meters, but didn't hear much, so I went to 30
W3MT, Mike in Pennsylvania was just finishing up a QSO and I called
He was strong and copied 100% even though I wasn't really strong to
We chatted for almost five minutes. I was glad the antenna worked on
I operated for about 20 minutes and rode south to the car.