Amateur radio operator/QC tech for radio mfr.
- Jan 1, 2014
- San Marcos,Escondido, CA.
Finally have the chance to register onto this website as others I have visited and signed on to had the members being too pompous, etc. I find Radio Reference more informative in my daily activities in the shortwave world. To start, let me tell you about my receivers. They include an Icom IC R75, Alinco DX R8, Hallicrafter SX110, and an S108 amongst a few others. I don't have an "antenna farm" yet, as I am working on it. I live in a rural part of north San Diego where interference is 0. I have a Pixel loop about 25 feet in the air on a rotor which extends high above the apex of my roof. Now the problem I am having is on the receiving end- the loop. Don't get me wrong...the loop works great for any static crashes and QRM/QRN. A friend down the road who has a ham license owns a Steppir beam about 90 feet on a tower. When he is on and doing DX he gives reports of people I hear and sometimes I don't hear with signal reports of 5-7 and so on. I point my loop in the direction he has his beam pointed at and sometimes I don't hear anything. I know that the loop picks up signals in a different way than a horizontal beam, but I am really surprised being the distance from my residence to his that this happens. I found in the garage a PAR EF SWL wire antenna that someone had given for a gift a while back just never hung it up. Now my question is this- instead of stringing the wire up horizontally could I wrap it around a 1 1/2 inch diameter PVC pole with the wire spaced apart about 4 inches on the wrapping? I have a pole about 15-20 feet long that I could put up vertically next to the eve on a second story section. Of course the connection box would be at the base and the supplied insulator would be near the top. A while back I had an AOR LA390 which I think was a waste of my hard earned money, but oh well....we all learn.Thanks for reading my post and feel free to inform me of your opinion.