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Re: Useless information dept

The fact that you're a dedicated QRP operator means that you should have
the best darned antenna system in the world.  QRP just means low-power.
It doesn't have to mean you're deaf!  

Putting that 100mw into a 40dB gain EME array will do more for your
signal that putting 2KW into a 1/4 wave wire strung in the attic, unless
your goal is to melt the snow off your roof.

73 de W0HV, Jim in Raymore, MO (ex-N8AU)
Light travels faster than sound...  This is why some people appear
bright until you hear them speak.

Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 10:06:58 +0100
From: John Hackett <archie.hackett@hotmail.com>
Subject: [amsat-bb]  Useless information dept:
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About the only thing I havn't tried in radio in 40 odd years is EME -
but that is entirely due to aerial (and cash) restrictions.

How does a dedicated QRP operator justify an EME array?  - it just can't
be done on a wet shoelace wrapped around a rusty 6 inch nail ... (though
I am of the impression that a lot of satellite operators use this
particular configuration on AO-7). 

I digress - in the aforementioned 40 odd years, that which still gets my
juices cooking is a 'fast' CW QSO on AO-7 with either RW3XL or UA9CS ...
in Russian.

Now that's !!! international communication by amateur radio. 

The kids ought to watch such a QSO in progress (translated live).

Every bit as interesting as the Jay Leno SMS v CW video on U-Tube and it
would probably get a few enquiring minds in gear.

(Ah!, there was !!! a point to his waffling.....GM1SXX).

He's the other half of the "twisted pair" folks ... see -


73 John.   <la2qaa@amsat.org>

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