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Subject: LF: Summer games / EARTH ANTENNAS
From: DK7FC <[email protected]>
Date: Tue, 03 Jul 2018 19:50:23 +0200
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Hi Joe, VLF,

You seem to like to 'play' on the very low frequencies during the sunny days :-)

Same here! My YL bought a house in JN39XI and we are spending almost each weekend there in the peaceful silence. The forest is really great! I guess you know that, as a Canadian.
Now i'm planning to receive some signals in JN39XI07 .  BTW a most useful distance for analysing my own signals from Heidelberg (about 55 km QRB).
Oh and i think about playing with earth antennas again, you know!

BTW did someone (of the group) ever tried to build a full size dipole for 137 kHz? I mean for transmitting! On a stony mountain/hill it could be better than expected. With a Raspi + GPS module one could build up a simple WSPR beacon and a ICL7667, which can be driven by the 3.3 V GPIO output voltage could make a simple and effective 5W PA running at 12V.
The wire just needs to be 1000m long or so. In a low frequented forest it could lay there for some days...

I remeber experimenting with a full size dipole on 630m in 2012, when the band was quite young. It worked well although the antenna was just 4m above the ground and the soil conductivity was not ideal (medium conductivity). A few CW QSOs were done out of a 7 Ah gel battery and just 50W or so, in July!

And what about VLF and ULF using earth antennas? I remember making 45 km distance on 8.97 kHz from the 700m long wire antenna, grounded at each end (250W RF power if i remember correctly). That was about 15 dB in 3.8 mHz. But what would be possible on lower frequencies if the far end of the wire is well grounded?

Time to fill that summer hole (activity)!

73, Stefan

Am 03.07.2018 14:03, schrieb [email protected]:
This was the first time SAQ was heard here using a mobile RX.  It was in a quiet location, a km  from mains lines and other RF pollution.  SAQ became quite weak when
the RX was in the forest however.  The trees must be good conductors at VLF.

Is the low-power miniwhip mentioned below the same new one designed with
help from G4COL with a J310, Rs= 47-270 ohm and the FT-37-43 xfmr?  I'd like
to try that at VLF.
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