In tlie last episode my first DXpedition had come to an end, I think I had learned a lot oir that trip. I found that I did not mind traveling and really wanted more of it, in fact lots more of t. t had final!} got to the point where I did not mind in the least getting tangled up with the customs in the different countries, I had found that I could eat anything that anyone else could with no bad effects. I found that I was not effected with sea sickness at all. Many more things were learned too, such as study the circuit in your rig so that you can troubleshool anything thai went wrong, take a few spare parts and of course spare tubes, Travel light, take your equipment along with you as excess baggage and don't under any circumstances ever let it get into the big custom houses in any country because these fellows at these places can't be made to rush and they have the big custom regulation books to refer to and they will read all the very fine print when you try to take your equipment out of their customs department. If you cannot afford to pay the excess baggage charges on your equipment you had belter stay at home, since it does no one any good for you to be in some rare country and not have your equipment along with you to use. I had learned all of this and a few hundred more similar things, and I sure did hope that some day I would get to benefit from what i learned along the way.
When T arrived back home I immediately returned the equipment that had been loaned to me by a fine radio equipment manufacturer, The equipment had held up very nicely with the exception of some filter condensers blowing up on account of extremely high line voltages in a few places and 1 did have to use a number of the spare tubes. On this first trip I had used only half-wave dipoles. horizontal ones at that, and was hoping someone would come out with a good vertical ground plane, one that could be made up into very small sections and carried in a small canvas bag. i found out that Hy-Gain and their Model 14AVS were the answer to my problem, this model lias now been changed to their Model 14-AVQ which is even better then their older 14-AVS and this is the one j ti n
I have been using ever since. Its very rn from 10 thru 40.,
Maybe their new model that goes thru 80 meters would be even better for a DXpedition and save a fellow from a lot of hard work when trying to get up an 80 meter antenna. Possibly they might even make up a sort of DXpedition special with the sections cut up in shorter pieces so it could be carried ir> a small canvas bag like the Model 14-AVQ i used on my last DXpedition. I admit a three-element beam would be better, but for a one man DXpedition I can just picture the difficulties f would face in trying to get something like this up and down in one piece. You cannot see the difficulties you face when you have about 4 to 10 people trying to help you put up an antenna when they cannot understand a word of English. Then there is the problem of "how will you turn it" when its mounted up in tlie top of an 80 foot coconut tree and anchored down on "W* land when the Europeans or Australians or South Africans are coming thru. Of course a good rotator would solve that problem. Then there is that other problem of paying all that extra excess baggage if you take the three-element beam and rotor, sometimes there is also the problem of length in some planes and also in every car that you might have to use in moving around in, in some countries!* Another thing to consider when using a beam. It's turned on, let's say, W land and maybe at that time is also the best time for the VK boys, and you have the beam on W and you never know that this is the best lime also for the VK fellows. In my opinion the only fair answer to the antenna problem is to use a vertical and give everyone a fair chance to work you, admitting that a beam wouid give your signals maybe one or two more S points. You are rare DX, so let (he fellows
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