XW4ZW will be QRV December 3 - 8, 2017 with focus on the lowbands.
Thanks to Lee, K7TJR and Hi-Z Antennas, we will have a brand new Hi-Z 4-8 Pro vertical RX array to use. It will complement the south beverage.
While we have some very effective receive antennas at a QTH far outside of the city, a problem still exists where I am being heard better than I am hearing stations calling me. It's very frustrating and somewhat embarassing, hearing from people how loud I am and that they have been calling sometimes for 30 minutes or more. To be sure, we're fighting an uphill battle with poor band conditions. I spoke to noted propagation expert Carl Luetzelschwab K9LA about this, to see if there might be more going on. Is there such a thing as one-way propagation?
K9LA and W3LPL did a wonderful Webinar on propagation for the upcoming 2017/2018 season which is posted at:
The entire Webinar is worth watching, but Karl addresses challenges on lowband paths between the US and XW starting at 32:30 in the recording. Some interesting food for thought.
Please no dupes! If we have worked before, please do not call again, as tempting as it may be. Give others a chance.
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XW4ZW January 2017
Champ XW1IC, Bruce XW4XR, Ken XW4ZW, Larry XW0ZJZ
Putting up the Hi Z 4-8 PRO Receive Array. Thanks to Lee K7TJR and Hi Z for their support!
The Hi Z components in a temporary box