Experiences have shown that antennas with a long horizontal section can
produce strong signals on LF (ie. OH1TN and some DL stations), so Vlad has
probably a good antenna.
Regarding the determination of ERP (based on antenna current and estimated
Rrad) one has to take into account that the real ERP in most cases is 2 to
6dB below the calculated ERP for low antennas, probably caused by local
losses (trees, buildings etc...).
In Vlad's case the theoretical Rrad is about 0.07 Ohm, so with 2.75A it
comes to about 0.53W EMRP (calculated). Real EMRP is most likely in the
range of 150 to 300mW, not bad at all - this should make him one of the
stronger stations on the band it he were not so far away from the rest of
us. But even at this distance he should have a good CW signal if QRN is low
(and condx are good) and a clear QRSS copy at most nights.
73, Rik ON7YD
At 21:06 18/09/2002 +0000, you wrote:
On Wed, 18 Sep 2002 [email protected] wrote:
> Just a thought, but isn't an antenna current of 2.75A a bit low for
> I recall running 8 Amps to a 300 foot wire with the top at 150 feet
> Jim measured it at 0.5W ERP. Or does Vlad have something really high up?
Vlad has Heff ABT 15 m (horizontal part of antenna is 150 m). So radiation
Rrad = 1600*(Heff/lambda)^2=0.073 Ohm
P = I^2*Rrad= 0.56 Watts.
I do not know why your PWR is not high as follow:
Rrad = 1600*(45/2200)^2 = 0.67 Ohm
P = 8*8*0.67 = 43 Watts
If only one end of wire has H=45m then Heff=22.5 m and P=11 Watts
73 de RA9MB/Alex