So, I’ve had my antenna up at about 10ft high and it received quite well but was no where near high enough for any real distance for transmission. Recently, I purchased some 6.5m (21ft) poles, 2 of which I intend on joining to make a 13m (42ft) mast.
I put my 10m Vertical Antenna on another one and put it up. Receiving a lot more on 27.355MHz from Australia and around NZ though the mess that is CB I prefer not to use those bands.
Well, today was my chance to actually test it out with a VK station. VK5PAS – Paul was calling CQ on 28.520MHz so I thought, what the heck, might as well give him a call back and wow, it actually bloody got through.
Though he did have a little difficulty receiving me to begin with, my signal did get a little stronger. At 3258 km away, I think I can consider that a success.
Next step is to boost the height a bit more. I think if I can get it closer to 10m (32ft) high, I think I should have a better transmission from it.
My other idea is to try and source a Tri-Band Beam for 10/15/20m, so if you know of one laying around needing a good home around the Manawatu 😀
Looking forward to getting more height and further distances out of it. 🙂
So thanks to Paul – VK5PAS for the QSO.