Hawaii on 20m, by accident
I was just listening around 20m before dinner time,
and I heard Bill Kollenbaum (aka k4xs) of the Big Island Contest
Group, calling CQ for the first time. I answered,
and he answered.
No big deal, I thought. Then I wondered why
the log showed red buttons against DCC, ITU and CQ zone. And
then I looked at the QRZ page antenna photo and read more
This explains why he can just drop onto 20m and
sound the bloke next door. With an enormous antenna array like
that, he is the VK3MO of Hawaii.
"The new antenna system is a three high switchable
stack of OptiBeam tribanders (94/56/26 feet), a 4 element 40
meter OptiBeam Yagi (84 feet), and two A-3WS WARC antennas
stacked in phase, (66/35 feet) with the top one having the 30
The station sits at an elevation of 1100 feet and
is about one mile from the Pacific with a huge downward slope to
the Europe, North America, most of South America, and Asia. "