Uhm ... with the attitude that the 'commercials' and 'proffessionals' do
everything better and the we 'poor amateurs' shouldn't try anything else,
we would still be using AM instead of SSB, would never have
amateur-satellites that had much longer live in orbit most commercial
satellites etc ...
Of course we should not ignore the experience of the profs but the day we
stop experimenting and looking for alternative ways ham-radio looses a
major reason of its existence.
About 2 years ago, when I started with LF, I talked with an engeneer with
long year experience in broadcasting. When I told him about our 1W ERP
limit he laughed and said that I never would get any further than 10, maybe
20km. The distance record is meanwhile over 2200km.
So don't stop experimenting, regardless wether it is about isolators,
alternative antennas or alternative transmission modes. That we often have
to 'get of the beaten track' is one the things I like most on LF.
73, Rik ON7YD
At 18:54 14/12/99 +0000, you wrote:
Re - experimenters band.
The Broadcaster fraternity and Admirality engineers pioneered, and have been
using the Low frequencies for 50 years very successfuly. We Radio
1999 are merely re-inventing the WHEEL and have a long way to go to catch up
with the commercial achievements. It is back to basic theory and
long as one understands its limitations for the average radio amateur with a
small back garden and very poor antenna, and limited ERP.
73 de Mal/G3KEV