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PostSubject: Marks out of 10 for your 20m band set up   Marks out of 10 for your 20m band set up Icon_minitimeSat Jun 12, 2021 2:29 pm

I am trying to work out what the average ham in the UK uses for 20m and if they are happy with station performance, as far as it is possible. ( are we all on beams or wires, how much power and how happy are you with your performance)  All licence levels of course welcome...Amateurs what is your 20m setup and are you happy with it. I suggest a simple system of out of 10 - copy and paste this in with your set up and your level of long distance dx (more than 3,000 miles contacts)



My antenna is a                   and is a    /10 is has             dB gain on 20m
My RF power is            Watts
My long dx satisfaction for RX is     /10
My long dx for TX ability / satisfaction is        /10
My qth noise floor in S points is
Overall out of 10 for my long distance dx satisfaction is  a   /10
I have been operating as a ham on 20m band for         months / years.



I am not really certain about my own set up yet cause I have not been using it long and this will depend on hours spent dxing but here is my provisional info as close as I can...

My antenna is a 1/2 wave EF                   and is a    5/10 overall is has  0 dB gain on 20m
My RF power is  100  in Watts
My long dx satisfaction (3,000 miles plus) RX is     8/10
My long dx TX ability / satisfaction (3,000 miles plus)  is        5/10
My qth noise floor in S points is S0 to S3
Overall out of 10 for my long distance dx satisfaction is a 5 or 6 /10
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PostSubject: Re: Marks out of 10 for your 20m band set up   Marks out of 10 for your 20m band set up Icon_minitimeSat Jun 12, 2021 7:06 pm

I dont really like 20m and dont have an antenna up for it all the time , infact I havent used 20m  since the 2020 ARRL INT DX Contest
My antenna is a        HEXBEAM  @ 6m agl         and is a   8 /10 is has   3.8dBd         gain on 20m
My RF power is     max 400- 100 in contest       Watts
My long dx satisfaction for RX is    8 /10
My long dx for TX ability / satisfaction is       8 /10
My qth noise floor in S points is 1>3 (preamp2)
Overall out of 10 for my long distance dx satisfaction is  a  8 /10
I have been operating as a ham on 20m band for      as little as possible   months / years.
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If you can get away with a 3.25 metre turning radius and its 3D profile its the best bang for bucks antenna for 6>20m  IMO and whilst propagation is everything I did work ZL on 20m with the base plate at 3m agl a couple of years back with 100w.

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PostSubject: Re: Marks out of 10 for your 20m band set up   Marks out of 10 for your 20m band set up Icon_minitimeSun Jun 13, 2021 1:33 pm

My antenna is a Mosley 3ele tri bander 10/15/20m            and is a   8 /10 is has          5.8    dB gain on 20m
My RF power is      50      Watts 
My long dx satisfaction for RX is   9 /10
My long dx for TX ability / satisfaction is       8 /10
My qth noise floor in S points is  zero noise floor in most directions 
Overall out of 10 for my long distance dx satisfaction is  a  8 /10
I have been operating as a ham on 20m band for        10 / years


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PostSubject: Re: Marks out of 10 for your 20m band set up   Marks out of 10 for your 20m band set up Icon_minitimeSat Oct 16, 2021 8:07 am

My antenna is a loft mounted fan dipole for 10m through 20m inc 11m and is a 7/10 is has <0dB gain on 20m
My RF power is max 10 Watts
My long dx satisfaction for RX is 7/10
My long dx for TX ability / satisfaction is 3/10
My qth noise floor in S points is S2 - S3
Overall out of 10 for my long distance dx satisfaction is a 5/10
I have been operating as a ham on 20m band for 2 months.

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The 20m element is made from a very old bit of wire which is wrinkled, and doglegged on one end by a couple of feet to fit in the loft. Far from optimal, but has a low swr so don't need to lose any power into a tuner. Can't fault it for Euro contacts.. only one that I tried and failed to make contact with so far was Raisa when she was doing a live utube feed, but then she did have a half the world pileup going on.

If I was grading TX ability / satisfaction for 15m & 10m it would be a lot higher, my furthest contacts have been made on those bands.
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PostSubject: Re: Marks out of 10 for your 20m band set up   Marks out of 10 for your 20m band set up Icon_minitimeMon Oct 18, 2021 1:43 pm

My antenna is a Cobweb and is a 8/10 has some gain on 20m
My RF power is upto 100Watts
My long dx satisfaction for RX is  9 /10
My long dx for TX ability / satisfaction is  8/10
My qth noise floor in S points is 3 for 20metres
Overall out of 10 for my long distance dx satisfaction is  a  8/10
I have been operating as a ham on 20m band for 3 years.
I'm digital only using FT8/FT4.

I can hear a lot more than I can get back to but have worked plenty so far.
FT4 appears to get more DX than FT8, I have far more on FT4.
Currently looking for US states and counties.
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