Low Band Fun: Running JA's on 60M "Magic Band" with Greyline's 20' DX Flagpole Antenna
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"The other night I was on 60 and I felt like the old days, running JA’s from Chicago in the CQWW CW with a 4-1000 to a Quad at 80’" says one very happy Greyline customer.
Imagine that, the 20' DX Flagpole in an HOA inspiring memories of the "old days, running JA's" with a Quad at 80-feet in the CQWW CW contest! We are so proud to play a small role in the DX adventures... Thank you! - Greyline
"Since I added the Greyline DX Flagpole vertical antenna, I have added over 200 additions to my DXCC Challenge account. I am now right at 900 and hope to complete it in the next few months."
"Got Mauritania, Dodecanese, Israel, and Cypress on 80 meters and just sent my Pay Pal bucks to K9CT for 4 bands and 3 modes for VP6R on Pitcairn. First Pitcairn since 10 Meter AM contact in the 1960s."
Ham Radio is fun again with Real DX results on 160-6M.
Read more from Bill as he explains his DX adventures from his HOA home.
I was able to get a decent match from 60 meters to 6 meters and work a number of stations satisfactorily on all the bands. I have been building my state totals on 10, 12 and 15 meters, have reached 50 on 40 and 17 meters and only need MT and HI on 30 meters to make WAS.
I have also made DXCC on 40 meters, and 17 meters. My last challenge is DXCC on 12 meters where I am around 60 countries. When I put up the DX Flagpole antenna I was only at 48 countries on 40 meters, about 50 on 30 and 17 meters and nowhere on 12 meters.
Since I added the Greyline DX Flagpole vertical antenna, I have added over 200 additions to my DXCC Challenge account. I am now right at 900 and hope to complete it in the next few months.
I do need to talk about what I consider “Magic Band.” That is 60 meters on 5.357 Mhz. We are limited to a max of 100 watts ERP. The other night I was on 60 and I felt like the old days, running JA’s from Chicago in the CQWW CW with a 4-1000 to a Quad at 80’. I must have made 10 or 15 contacts in a 15 minute period. I would finish one and another guy would be calling me. Since activity is minimal on that band a new guy showing up is very attractive. Good reports and I found that the 20’ flagpole easily loads up with either the MFJ autotuner or the Heathkit at the station location.
I still may consider the additional 4’ add on to the flagpole. It certainly shouldn’t hurt the 80-meter performance.
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