My Most Recent QSO's

Saturday, November 19, 2011

New 10 Meter End Fed Dipole Contacts

This morning (about 11am) I decided to stretch the new end fed 10 meter dipole out, and see if anyone was on the air. It's 30 degrees this morning, so, just for fun, I stretched it out inside the house between the bathroom window and the bedroom window with some string. (yea...I'm chicken and didn't want to brave the elements)

I really had no expectations of hearing much, but I immediately worked PI4DX in the Netherlands. I don't work there often, and was just ecstatic when he returned my signal report as 59. 

A few moments later, I worked EA2AAZ in Spain. Another good signal report of 57 and I was shaking my head in wonderment.

For the very first effort with this end fed dipole, I'm very pleased. Perhaps tomorrow afternoon, I can head out to the local park and do much better. I'm looking forward to playing with this antenna since it's only 17 ft long. If I can find the right tree limb, I'll hang it vertically.

I also heard strong stations in France, England, and Germany.


Paul Stam PAØK said...

Hi John, good job with the End Fed. I use my End Fed daily, very good antenna. Have a nice weekend, 73 Paul

PE4BAS, Bas said...

Remarkable, a contact on 10m with PI4DX across the ocean with a endfed inside the house...
Instead of looking at the huge tower of PI4DX I actually would have more fun if you would publish a photo from the endfed setup. 73, Bas

Jspiker said...

Hi Guys,

I'm sure I will do this again now that the cold weather is upon us. It's pretty simple with one end tied to a curtain rail in the bedroom and the other and wrapped around a pencil which is looped over another window.

I set it up and took it down in just a few minutes. Next time, I'll click a picture of it although it's pretty ugly. Just a piece of wire with a matching coil on the end.

It's made by Radio Waves.

Bert, PA1B said...

Hello John, Just use this simple antenna and just enjoy the propagation. It's great fun to share this remarkable story. 73, Bert

Dick said...

This is the cycle for minimal antennas, QRP, and 10-meters. Nice DX, John.
73 Dick