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Bill Dzurilla
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NZ5N United States

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Other Callsigns
WN2YRD in 1967 in New Jersey, then WB2YRD. Moved to Florida in 1969, call WB4RSF. Moved to Louisiana and became WD5HRO, then KF5DD, then NZ5N. Retained NZ5N after returning to Florida in 2004. Summer call OM9ACA, Slovakia. DXpedition calls C91NZ, HQ8R

My Ham Radio Interests
DX, EME, VHF/UHF in general, satellites.

ICOM IC-756 Pro II for HF and 6 meters
ICOM IC-7000 for satellites and local repeaters
Yaesu FT-847 for EME, meteor scatter, satellites, 2 meters and 70 cm terrestrial

ACOM 2000 1.5kw for HF
Lunar Link LA-200 1.5kw for 2 meters

MFJ 1793 vertical for HF (modified to add 17m, 15m, 10m)
M2 2M9SSB 9 element yagi for 2 meters
Elk 2m/70m dual band log periodic for satellites
Homebrew 12 element yagi for 70 cm (K1FO design)

KL6M mast-mounted preamp for 2 meters
ARR mast-mounted preamp for 70 cm
Dell Optiplex desktop computer for WSJT and other digital modes
Donner interface

Other Interests
Star Trek

South Florida DX Association

NZ5N EME 2011

From NZ5N

4/17/2011 1:28:29 PM (0 comments) Add a commentAdd Comment

It's a shame I don't update this blog more frequently. My last couple of posts were about my EME efforts from Slovakia in summer 2010 and from here in Florida after the 2010 ARI Italian EME contest. Last year I worked 5 stations in the ARI contest, this year it was 35, quite an improvement.

What made the difference? The radio equipment was the same. What changed was the antenna and the location. Last year I had a single 2M9SSB 9 element yagi. This year I had two of them stacked vertically side by side, a 3 db improvement. This helped a lot, but I believe the biggest difference was the new location. I set up at the QTH of Pete N8PR, who lives just a couple of miles from me in a more rural area. Pete is a big DXer, has DXCC on ten bands and is one of the world leaders in total countries worked. At Pete's QTH, I'm hearing stations at -18 that I never dreamed of working from my home. At home, I could at most work stations running a kilowatt and at least 4 antennas. At Pete's, I have made several contacts with 2 antenna stations, and even a few with single antennas. I have several contacts with folks running 500 watts and 2 antennas.

This is much more than one would expect from the 3 db improvement from a second antenna, so my guess is that Pete's QTH has much less ambient noise and that's what makes the big difference.

What a pleasure it has been to work EME with the new set-up. In the past, EME contacts were few in number, with most a struggle to complete. Now, I can call CQ and sometimes get 2 or 3 return calls. Fun!

I'm now up to 131 EME QSOs, with 94 initials and 32 DXCC countries. Further upgrades will be needed to have a shot at the rare 144 mhz DXCC award.

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