40 meter dipoles are up

Terry Fox tfox at knology.net
Sat Aug 12 16:17:42 CDT 2006

Ok, well we had a cool day here (finally), 75 degrees and raining.  So, I went into the attic (still hot up there), and put up two  40 meter dipoles.  One facing generally toward DC, and the other one 90 degrees off.

The DC one was a real pain to install, due to house layout, but has a very low SWR.  The other one was easier to install, as it went across the rafters, but the house is a little shorter, and the ends droop down.  On that one, I cannot get the SWR down, and it resonates about 7.35MHz.  About 2:1 at 7.2MHz.  I tried to add wire, but the SWR goes up and the resonance stays at the same place (wierd).  Could be due to rain on the bricks outside.

Tried them real quick, not much difference between them on some signals, great difference on others.  I was able to talk to a guy in PG county on the DC one, during some local MD/DC QSO party going on.

So, it looks like I may have a path to DC on 40 meters.

Next comes putting up a wire loop, and using the new MFJ 993B tuner to work other bands, like 17 meters.

More as it happens....
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