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Call Sign : 26-CT-3437 Posts : 10 Times Thanked : 0 Join date : 2020-04-07 QTH or Location : Burton Joyce Nottinghamshire Equipment Used : President Grant 2 CB
Subject: Newbie to DX Thu Apr 23, 2020 6:36 pm
Just raised a Silver Pole hoping to join in the dx fun... Hmmm I seem to be getting out about six miles at the moment...
Any suggestions as to how I can improve the tx radius... Receive is a little shallow too. I can hear people in Clifton Notts but very faint reception...
Is it simply that I need to put the Silver Pole on a scaffold pole and raise it to about 40ft... very difficult to do in my area...
Would a linear amp be an asset or is this not permitted on CB… Strange to give SSB to CB without the means to boom out over Europe...
My SWR is superb... no movement on the dial. 1 no 1.2 or 1.3 etc.
What is the best time and frequencies to listen out on for late night DX?
I would like to thank 26 Charlie Tango 1554 for coming back to my 19 for a radio check... at least I know I am getting out...
So... Hope this is well received as a post... even if the answer is …. no chance of DX... at least I will know...
26 Charlie Tango 3437
Thank you for such constructive replies... All comments make sense to me.
Did not know about the timings being so critical but better informed for the future. Height is an issue but something I can work on... Perhaps lifting the pole another 3 ft... SSB has an output of 12W... which should be okay... plenty of power... as it all depends on the aerial and the conditions...
Looking forward to trying out the suggestions from you all... 73's
Last edited by Froghop on Fri Apr 24, 2020 10:46 pm; edited 1 time in total
What distance you can get locally has very little bearing on how far you can get DX. Local is line of sight so things like hills in the way can limit your distance. With DX your signal bounces off the ionosphere so doesn't have that limit. I've worked Europe sat in my car in my driveway using just 4W. The furthest I've managed with a single watt on SSB on the 17m ham band was 6500 miles to Argentina.
11m CB band is daytime band so you'll get no DX on a night time. Basically you've got between 30 minutes before sunrise to about an hour after sunset where you can work DX on the 11m band. If you want DX on a night time you need to get an amateur radio licence and use the 40m and 80m band.
Working DX is more about conditions and the luck of the draw rather than power. Here's a video of me in 2014 having a 4155 mile QSO with AU3NIAR in Hyderabad in India using a President Lincoln running just 20W and breaking through a pileup. I'd have still done it with the 12W legal limit for SSB on CB. Many of those stations were running 1.5kW into beams on big towers and closer to him than me. At that moment when I made the call everything was just in my favour. That's what makes DXing special. If you run 100s of watts into beams and can work DX at the drop of a hat it takes the fun out of it. I had a full legal limit amp, ran at the legal limit of 400W. Had it a week and sold it because working DX was about as much fun as watching paint dry, it took all the challenge out of it. Anyway back to the video....
The higher your antenna is above the ground the lower the main lobe of radiation becomes this is what you want not only for DX ( +2000miles ) but also for extended local contacts via TrE . I wouldn't get to hung up on actual distances as whilst places like Southern Africa or South America are further away its alot harder to work shorter distances to the East than going to the South , in 2018 I worked the Falklands and India (5/8th vert ) on 10m and whilst I dont know the exact distances I would think that the Falklands is over twice the distance but the Indian contact gave the more buzz.Come June/July you may hear and even be able to work USA/Canada till about midnight (on a good day) ,propagation wise its alot easier to work DX on 11m than 10m so if its being done on 10m then it can be done on 11m (and I know it has been from others ) Working DX at Solar minimum on the higher HF can be great fun . Good luck in your endeavours