G3BDQ Different Band Same Antenna – John Heys

I only have one antenna for the HF Bands and it is the grounded long wire that has been featured in VS recently. My main DXing interest for many years has been CW on 1.8 MHz (DXCC on the band as early as February 1987), and to date my Country / Entity score is 172 worked. Over the years I have tried and experimented with all types of HF radiators and this work has resulted in many articles in the Amateur Radio Press. Much of this has resulted in writing my “Practical Wire Antennas” book. Having just one HF antenna means that it must be a good effective performer on more than one or two bands, otherwise through the days of short nights and long hours of daylight with 160 metres closed for DX I would not be doing much operating.

My present grounded wire loads up and works well on all bands from 1.8 to 50 MHz. This year I decided to give my one time favourite band 14 MHz a go for a few weeks through the mid-summer. For about seven weeks I have operated on 20 metres (CW between 9 and 10 pm BST) on four or five evenings each week. Not having a computer I cannot use the DX Cluster so I resort to slow tuning up and down the CW sector, ‘ hunting ’  for the DX, and kept well away from the other bands.

Despite the dearth of sunspot activity it was possible to build up quite a nice collection of interesting QSOs. Antony, G4CUS has given us a taste of the super DX he has been working this year, but he (lucky chap) has a beam antenna for the higher bands. Thank you for an interesting series of reports Antony.

Here is my list of some of the countries that I worked on 20 metres this summer. I avoided most European stations, but swept up ( when heard ) some scarcer places such as Albania, and Monaco.

TA Turkey, VR & BD China, UA0 Eastern Siberia (several), UA & Central Siberia,(many),  SV5 Dodecanese Is. CN8 Morocco, KP2 US Virgin Is. E4 Palestine, 5N Nigeria, D5O, LU etc. Argentina  (many), PY Brazil (many), JA & 7N1 Japan (very many), VE2 Canada. VK2 Australia, W USA (many),  ZP Paraguay, VE6 Calgary (Canada), 3A2 Monaco, 8P6 Barbados, 5A2 Libya,  Z3 Macedonia, 7X4 Algeria, YV5 Venezuela, CT3 Madeira, FJ  St. Barthelemy Is,  JT Mongolia, A65 United Arab Republics, SV8 Island of Naxos, CE3 Chile, 9Q Congo, HC2 Ecuador, HL2 S.Korea, ZA Albania, 4Z5 Israel, OX Greenland, VPS Turks & Caicos Is., C6 Bahamas, KL5 Alaska.

Hope I haven’t bored you all with this so 73. I must soon begin to regenerate my earthing system before the Top Band DX Season begins. Back to those late nights and early mornings.

John Heys G3BDQ from Vital Spark September 2010.

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