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43foot vs. 60foot vertical

Dec 3rd 2012, 01:49

SIZE358

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Can anyone explain this ? On 20 meters i am recieving long haul dx on the 43 foot vertical @ 2x2 and on the 60 foot vertical 5x5...73...Danny...K5DRS...
Dec 3rd 2012, 06:51

W1VT

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While not common, sometimes you will find a high angle path to be preferable to the usual low angle path. It is likely that the taller vertical is using a high angle lobe not present on the shorter antenna. You might look at the long path when investigating possible propagation modes that seem unfamiliar--they can occasionally explain surprises.

It is quite likely that E skip was involved--I saw a report of 6M being open from Florida to Connecticut earlier this evening. There were too many similar reports to assume that meteor scatter was involved.

Zack Lau W1VT
ARRL Senior Lab Engineer

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