Sunday, February 2, 2014

MFJ 1788 loop contacts

I had some spare time today to put the MFJ 1788 loop to the balcony test once again. Up to this point I have not been able to make any CW contacts with the antenna. I was able to pull in some State side WSPR spots but that was it. I was coming to the conclusion that my DX was going to be Canada to U.S contacts. Today I set the Loop antenna for 15m and the SWR was great at 1.1:1. and up and down the band I went. I heard KP2/AG2J calling CQ at 21.025 and he was booming in here. I called out to him and low and behold he came back to me with a fast report! Fast report or not my 5 watts signal from the balcony just made it to the Virgin islands!! I then heard KH6LC from Hawaii..........but I was not able to make contact BUT for the first time I was hearing some DX stations. I then was able to contact PJ4LS with some repeats on my part but I still had my 1788 loop signal down to the Antilles off the coast of Venezuela!! The other station I heard but was not able to contact was ZZ80MT in Brazil. This was a good afternoon on the radio of me I was able to hear and make some DX contacts.

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  1. Hello Mike, congrats with the nice DX. I'm happy you can make some contacts now with the MFJ loop. 73, Bas

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    1. It was about time it happen now it's time to see how far I can get with the least amount of power!
      Mike

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  2. Hello Mike,

    I glad to hear this. It's sounds like you're off to a good start. I've only worked two in Hawaii. One was the station you mentioned. They're a long way off and the difference in time zones make it really tough. I'm sure you will work many more. Congratulations!

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    1. Good morning John, I did not get to work Hawaii but I did hear them in there which is better than it has been. BUT being able to work the DX that I did I am very happy.
      Mike

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  3. well done mike...and continued success with the mfj loop. stay warm

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    1. Good evening Dick, very nice to hear from you and it has been mild the past couple of days and I hope it stays that way. As for the loop I am hoping I will continue to get the hang of this new operating style here in the condo.
      Mike

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