I was working on a HM radio late at night and I was listening to 20m band as it was a pretty good propagation.
At 14.194 kHz, ER4DX was calling for South America DX.
At one time, an Italian station had answer to his call but Mr. Vasile expedite the Italian very quick with "no Europe, only South America, DX only" and continues to call.
After a minute, a station from Maroc answers and Mr. Vasile, ER4DX started a pretty nice QSO. Then some SA stations and after a while, a Romanian one.
Well, in my opinion, the way he refused the call from Italian station was RUDE. Hamradio is about friendship, it's about human to human connection in a weird World of selfish people...
Maybe that Italian ham needed a new country in his log!
Maybe it was someone in distress. Maybe who knows, he just wanted to test his station!
A real ham will not refuse to answer to a call from a station... Any station! This is real HAMRADIO!
If you are hunting a continent it's OK to call that way and to specify it but, if a station from other part of a World calling you worth answering! it will not take more than a few seconds to answer and TO EXPLAIN that, you are calling for specific part of the world while there is a path in the propagation!
The QSO with Maroc and Romania (and right now, just while I am writing, a Polish station) will not take an eternity but for that Ham may be important!
So, fellow hams, please, dont be rude and reject answers from other countries while you are hunting for specific calls!
You will be remembered as REAL HAMS, last gentlemen in this World!
20 iulie 2020
Multiband HF Antenna
The design center frequency of the full-size version (configured as a 3/2-wave dipole on 20m) is 14.150 MHz, and the dimension of 102 ft is derived from the formula for long-wire antennas which is :
In some cases, this is still too large to fit in one's yard, and not everyone can convince their neighbors to allow one to stretch the wire across property lines. In this case, a half-size version, covering 7 to 28 MHz is useable.
Conversely, some amateurs would like to have 1.8 MHz capability, and have the 204 ft ( 62.2 m ) length necessary for this array. The antenna does not need to be put up as a flat-top array, but can be installed as an inverted-V.
If the antenna is raised as an inverted-V, the included angle at the apex should not be less than 120 degrees.
The center of the antenna should be as high as possible, of course, and the matching section should descend at a right angle to the array. THE MATCHING SECTION :
The matching section may use with several ways :
Open Wire :MATCHING SECTION LENGTH :
The length of the matching section is an ELECTRICAL half-wave on 14 MHz. The actual physical length is determined by the following formula :
LENGTH ( in feet ) = ( 492 x VF ) / f (MHz) ( VF = the velocity factor of the matching section ) The velocity factor is determined by the type of line, and the dielectric properties of its insulation. For the three types of line discussed so far, the VF is :This matching section is connected to the center of the array, and allowed to descend vertically at least 20 ft or more, if possible. It can then be bent and tied off to a suitable post or line, and connected to the coaxial line, and run to the Antenna Tuner. TABLE OF FULL-SIZE, DOUBLE-SIZE and HALF-SIZE :
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