Up and running on 40 meters

I finally got my 40-meter dipole hung up a couple of weeks ago and have been working some 40-meters lately.  The dipole is a simple center-fed wire antenna, and I have the center-point hung about 27′ in the air.  In an inverted-V fashion, both legs are at 8.5′ atop my fence.  I think I might try to get the ends a bit higher soon.  I could even go about 5-6′ higher on the center-point if I need to, but I’d have to take the mast down and re-position the pulley.  Not a huge deal, really, but also not something I was wanting to do in the winter months.
By accident, I found a couple of HF nets that I joined.  The first was the NATA Net on 7.185MHz, where they allow people to contact other hams in states they’ve not worked for the WAS (Worked All States) achievement.  This was a fun net, and the first night I joined, I made a few contacts and have already receive 2 QSL cards.
Nets I also worked were the Old Miss Net and the Moonlighters Net.  All of these on 40-meters, but some of them also run on other bands.
I’m looking forward to joining into more nets and getting my tuner setup, so that I can work more bands.  Lately the 10 and 20 meter bands have both been up during the day, so I’ll want to try some activity there soon also.

3 Responses to “Up and running on 40 meters”

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  1. Jack says:

    Hi,I would very much appreciate a permanent link on your blog-site to my QRP shortwave website.

    Here’s a link to my QRP-website: http://www.stationqrp.com

    Thank you very much in advance!


    • jape says:

      Hi Jack
      Sure I can link back to you. I will add your link to the front page this week.
      Thanks for commenting
      73 – Jason

  2. The Ole Miss net sounds interesting. Mississippi is the last state I need for WAS.

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