21 Jun 2010

VLF Earth Mode: 3.6km DX today with 4W

My earth mode VLF DX increased to 3.6km today using QRSS3 and a PC running Spectran. TX was 4W into 20m separated electrodes in the ground. TX frequency was 838Hz. The 80cm loop and preamp receiver were set up in several places well out of the village in several directions and results well exceeded my expectations. Lots of information on my earth mode webpage including screen shots and sound recordings made using Spectran when out in the field.
This screenshot was from the roadside 2.5km south of the QTH. Signals were so strong (30dB S/N) that the signal was audible when Spectran's BPF in circuit (lots of 50Hz hum without).

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