As An Introduction

I have been active on WSPR for a couple years, but have just recently found the time to sit down and do it right. My shack is in the mountains of Colorado, USA, at an elevation of 8,064 feet above sea level. I have lately been using a Yaesu FT-890 as my WSPR rig, since I can adjust the output power down to a QRP level. I have recently also discovered that the antenna I rigged up to try to communicate locally on HF -- a one mile barbed wire fence, fed with about 600 feet of old 4 pair armored telephone cable that was left here on the property some 22 years ago.

I simply stripped both ends of that cable and twisted all the conductors together, then connected one end to the top wire of that barbed wire fence, then connected the near end to my transmitter using a spliced piece of RG-58 cable through a window in the shack. I have been surprised and pleased to find that not only does that 'antenna' receive fairly well, but it also will load up using the tuner in the radio (which helps attenuate the transmitted signal) and transmit very nicely at QRP levels.

I usually run 2 watts out as shown on the radio, but expect not all that actually gets to the antenna through the feed line. I also expect that the feed line may actually be more of an antenna than the fence, but I am not going to run the calculations to determine the probabilities of that. I just enjoy the reports of being heard in Australia, Japan, Western Europe and Canada when the band conditions are suitable.

I am a retired computer repair tech, having worked in the computer industry for over 35 years prior to retiring. My experience also ranges from skilled labor to aircraft electronics, and amateur radio is a hobby I got into on a dare to myself just to see if I could absorb enough of the technology to enjoy it. I succeeded and have been on the air periodically since 1992. The radios were in storage for a number of years during moves and such, but I now have them all set up and configured again and hope to enjoy WSPR for a long time to come. Someday I would love to get into the higher bands, but would need to acquire some all mode radio hardware to do that.

73 de N0UDM