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When I was a Novice I didn’t have a code oscillator so I used a incandescent lightbulb as a dummy load on my 1 watt 80 meter CW transmitter to practice sending. Then one day I got a return call on my ARC-5 receiver giving me a 559 report from about 20 miles away. Oops!
this should be great fun.
Short story. Going to college, on the third floor of the dorm, with a Swan 350c and a light bulb dummy load, from Ft.Collins Colorado,
on 75m to Dallas Tx. Had a 15 min Qso, and drove my roommate nutz with the blinking light.
That was the best two inverted vees in phase antenna.
Have a great day,
Dale - WC7S in Wy
"Actions speak louder than words"
For many years OzarkCon has been the host of the famous Dummy Load Antenna QSOs. An example is at Terry's WA0ITP website.....
Now we have another challenge.....The Lightbulb QSO Party.......
Have not tried the lightbulb in a long time but they do work, and be careful because you may see the SWR gradually jumping High! Old school filament lightbulbs are used!
Walter Dufrain - K5EST - QRPcw