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K1 + G5 = VP6

[acidfree:195 align=right]When I read the intended operating scheme of the Ducie Island DXpeditioners, I was disheartened. With my HF station restricted mainly to the Elecraft K1, working a 25 kHz split is essentially impossible.

Then it occurred to me: My new Grundig G5 would be my second radio. All that remained was to learn if it, with just a built-in telescoping antenna, would hear the South Pacific station well enough.

It did. Ten days into the VP6DX operation I entered the radio room shortly after dawn, tuned to the low end of 40 meters, and found the operator calling CQ with intermittent answers. I placed the K1 up 25 as requested and within three calls heard my full and correct callsign coming back.

Several hours later, I had a similar experience on 15, bracketing their 150,000th QSO with my 2.

{ Reaction at 25 Feb 2008 04:46 AM }

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