TZ4AM, Jeff has an Alpha 76A amplifier going, 800 watts output on
160-20 and new beverages for Europe, South America and now North
America also. Jeff has just added the beverage for North America and
plans one to help with the rest of Africa. He plans to give some
concentration to working some 160 and 80. The first night with the
new NA beverage he did work two US stations on 160 “then many more on
80 meters and later 40 meters,” and made a few more lowband QSOs since
then. He feels he’s getting 6 db improvement in the signal to noise
ratio, “So I can finally hear NA again.” But he adds that conditions
have been poor. Before this, Jeff says he has not been ignoring NA;
just couldn’t hear them. Jeff says he is occasionally on 30 meters
and higher bands during the daytime.
TZ4AM, Jeff, also wants us to pass along that “up” does not mean
exactly 1 kHz; he would like you to spread out between 1.010 and 1.5.
Everyone on exactly 1.00 doesn’t work well. He says when listening
for him, start on 1826.7 on 160, and on 80 and 40 at the low end of
the bands and “up 1kHz-plus in all cases.”
Finally, Jeff, wonders if someone has a six-meter amp he could borrow.
Perhaps an old amp just sitting around gathering dust but that covers
six. He says he only needs it for one season; he is saving up for his
own KPA-1500 from Elecraft, sometime later in 2019 he hopes. He is
hoping to do a lot of 6M DXing during the May to July season and
already has a 10-element 6M Yagi. Jeff says he can get the amp
returned within a few months to either the US or Europe. As an
option, he could also donate the amp after his own arrives. The club
has two operators and a TW500A 400-watt amp “not yet installed.”
Jeff’s US callsign, by the way, is K1MMB.