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LF: Puckeridge test 3

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Subject: LF: Puckeridge test 3
From: "Dick Rollema" <[email protected]>
Date: Sun, 21 May 2000 12:02:37 +0200
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From PA0SE
Dave, G3YXM wrote:

Dick and all.

Very puzzling!
I worked Jim straight after you and found exactly the opposite..... 4dB
better on the "small" antenna. We tried the test twice and I continued to
listen, each time it was the same.
Which side of the big mast was the little antenna I wonder?

73. Dave G3YXM.

Dave and All,

There is a simple explanation.
I was very busy doing the measurements, changing the receiver input from
aerial to signal generator and back, reading levels etc.
I therefore did not listen carefully to what Jim was sending (experienced
telegraphists can do a job and copy CW at the same time but I am far
removed from that category). So I assumed that the bigger signal came from
the bigger aerial. Rather foolish of course and I apologize for that.

So the S8 (-79dBm) signal I reported must have been from the small aerial
and the 4dB
weaker signal (-83dBm) from the Decca aerial.

That is 30dB less than the signal from G3WSC/P operating from Puckeridge on
April 16 at 1000 UTC.  G3WSC/P at that time reported an aerial current of
In his e-mail of May 18, 15.54, Jim announced he was going to run an aerial
current of 0.34A into the Decca aerial. That is a difference of
20log(9/0.34) = 28.5dB; within 1.5dB of my measured values. That confirms I
got the two aerials mixed up.

Assuming that at the distance of 317km between our locations the inverse
distance law is still applicable my measured field strength of  8.6µV/m
yields a radiated power by the small aerial of 83mW, close to the 80mW Jim
was aiming at.
For the Decca aerial  I find 33mW.

Up to now (0951 UTC I have heard no signal from Jim on 73kHz.

73, Dick, PA0SE

This was my earlier report:

To All from PA0SE

At 0955 today I worked Jim, M0BMU/P at the Puckeridge station.
On the Decca antenna his signal was exactly S8; corresponding to a field
strength of 8.6 microvolt/metre.
On the "amateur antenna" the signal was 4dB weaker.

I reported the signal exhibited a fast fluctuation in strength with a
frequency of a few hertz. But I later found out it was my signal generator
interfering with Jim's signal. even with the output turned down to zero.
It shows that even a HP606B is not perfectly screened!

73, Dick, PA0SE

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