3 Dec 2011

Earth electrode "antenna" on HF

Today I had to prune the tree to which my 80m sq wire loop is attached, so the loop had to come down for a while. Instead I connected up my 20m spaced earth electrode pair "antenna" with the connecting wire about 1.5m off the ground coming back along the garden fence. This is the antenna I use on VLF earth mode tests with the best DX reception of my signal being 6km away when using 5W at 8.76kHz.

I have been amazed how well this works on 160-40m this afternoon. This is the log this evening on 160m with 5W WSPR - best DX report so far from OZ7IT at 853km. On 40m I reached over 2000km with a report from the north of Norway.

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