The antenna system I have at home leaves something to be desired. In theory, it is a 40 meter dipole and a 20 meter dipole sharing a common feedpoint just a little above my roof (maybe 25' - 30' above ground) but in practice the antenna is only vaguely resonant (5:1 SWR) on 40 meters, not resonant at all on 20 meters, and requires the rig's autotuner on all the bands I use it on. I keep thinking I should work on it, but I never do.
It's very eye-opening to me which S9 stations work me on one call and which CQ as if I wasn't even there. I also had one operator (a KH7 station) blatantly steal a CQ frequency from me, acknowledging my presence as he did so, an unpleasantness to which I am not accustomed when I operate high power from stations with better-known callsigns.
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Last Updated 26 June 2020