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A WF300 Review by W8LRL

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Hello, this is Wal, W8LRL. I have been a ham since 1958, and on 160 since 1972. Over the years, I have tried many types of receive antennas to hear just a little better. Eventually, I settled on beverages, phased beverages, and a 8 circle short vertical array. Two years ago, I heard about Top-Beam, and visited N4IS and learned much about this new horizontal RX antenna. In May 2016 I ordered a WF-300 and in June 2016 construction of a 200 foot tower to mount this antenna began. The hardest part was getting the guy wires through several 130 foot poplar trees. In December 2016 we stopped to visit N4IS, and brought the new antenna home in our car. In January, the antenna was assembled and placed in the yard at 5 feet pointing towards Europe. At this low height, the signals on 160 were 2 to 3 S units below my other antennas, but they were at a workable level. On 80, 40, and 30 it was impressive, even at this low height. Due to cold wx and winds it was hard for me to climb the tower, but on March 25the antenna was up 200 feet and working well.
At sun set I was hearing S21ZEE on 80 meters coming from 90 deg. on the Top-Beam. They went to 160 and peaked at their sun rise on their last day, and I was able to work S21ZEE for # 343 on Top Band, thanks to N4IS and his WF-300. Over the past two months this antenna receives equal or better than my other RX antennas on 160, and better by far than my beverages on 80, 40, and 30. The best thing about this antenna, is that it will make it possible for the ham with a small qth to enjoy low band dxing! Good Luck and DX to all on 160!
-73’s  Wal,  W8LRL

WF in Contest

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Call: K9CT
Operator(s): K3WA K9CT K9ZO KB9OWD N7MB N9CK WT2P
Station: K9CT

Class: M/2 HP
Operating Time (hrs): 48
Location: USA

Summary:   Compare Scores
Band QSOs Zones Countries
160: 96 18 44
80: 310 28 97
40: 989 40 139
20: 1336 36 133
15: 482 29 111
10: 104 18 43
Total: 3317 169 567 Total Score 6,274,400


Club: Society of Midwest Contesters

Comments:     [email]     2016-11-28 13:55:41
2016 6274400 2015 14893120 2014 19383140 2013 16020992 2012 13416840 With a great team and all station components working, this is the impact of a high solar wind and low SFI, higher A and K indexes….and probably our location. We really worked out as much of the bands as possible. This was not a lack of effort or skill. We also had much fun. We tried everything we could to make a few more QSOs or get the next multiplier. We only had a few dupes compared to prior years. This year a Waller Flag was added to the mix of receiving antennas. We could hear very well on both 80 and 160. It seems we hear better than the stations we called. 8Q7DV and A44A were both very strong and easy copy on 80m Sunday but we could not be heard….even when there were no other callers! But this happened very often…seems that the DX stations must have a high noise level or no rx antennas. We only run 1500 watts! We did get 40 zones on 40m. This was a great surprise. We really thought we could get 100 DXCC on 80m but just could not be heard when we called! I hope next year that low band conditions are better and we can work more DX. Thanks for all the QSOs and digging us out of the QRM and noise. 73, Craig K9CT
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