[Fwd: LF: You can work DX on 136 too!]
Wed, 03 Mar 1999 22:54:11 -0500
Steve Rawlings wrote:
> In an interesting Email, Des M0AYF wrote:
> > . . . . . is it possible to make contacts effectively at 136 kHz with a
> > proposed antenna which would only be about 25 feet high and about 50 foot long
> > (horizontal wire or "T" resonated against ground) as this is about as much as
> > I could ever manage within the garden of my town semi.
> To Des, and others in the same situation, I say "It certainly is possible!"I too
> have a small back garden (50 ft x 35 ft), but have worked over 40 different LF
> stations in 8 countries on 136 kHz - all using normal CW and simple,
> HF-band-sized antennas. But I'm just one of many amateurs using 'limited
> space' antennas on 136 kHz. I've even worked Bill G6NB (107 km) when he was
> using an indoor antenna! I believe that I currently hold the UK distance
> record (to OH1TN, 1916 km), and also share the intra-UK distance record (703 km)
> with Dave GM3YXM/P.
> You'll get lots of encouragement and advice from members of the LF Group to do
> as well, - and better! It's true that, from a small garden, you won't be able
> to work every station you hear - but you CAN make contacts, and have a lot of
> fun too!
> And you don't need to rely on fancy computerised data links to have DX
> 'contacts' - just plug in the key, and work 'em!
> Regards to all,
> Steve GW4ALG
> 01291 625977