Northern California Reception

Northern California Reception

Post by Charles Axthel » Tue, 25 Feb 1997 04:00:00

I live in the SF Bay Area (near the water) and enjoy shortwave DX'ing.
However, I have found it frustrating not to be able to receive many
signals from Europe and Africa (Moscow, Aus, Japan, Cuba and US
religious come in load and clear.) I am using a portable Sony receiver
and, for antennas, have both a dipole and a 50 foot bare copper wire in
a north/south orientation.

Has anyone else out here had good luck with any particular radio and/or
antenna combinations?

Thanks,
Chuck


 
 
 

Northern California Reception

Post by David Rickme » Wed, 26 Feb 1997 04:00:00


On Mon, 24 Feb 1997 13:32:58 -0800, Charles Axthelm


>I live in the SF Bay Area (near the water) and enjoy shortwave DX'ing.
>However, I have found it frustrating not to be able to receive many
>signals from Europe and Africa (Moscow, Aus, Japan, Cuba and US
>religious come in load and clear.) I am using a portable Sony receiver
>and, for antennas, have both a dipole and a 50 foot bare copper wire in
>a north/south orientation.

Signals from Europe pass too close to the North Pole to be reliably
heard on  the West Coast.  I'm near San Bernardino and I do get Africa
quite easily, so maybe you have a null oriented in that direction.
Try moving the far end of your longwire a few degrees to either side.
Channel Africa and the BBC/Acsencion Island transmitters are good
signals to try for.
dr
 
 
 

Northern California Reception

Post by Unabon » Tue, 04 Mar 1997 04:00:00

I also live in the SF Bay Area (north) and lemme tell ya- reception is
limited. I would try extending the 50' bare copper wire a little more. I
have 75' that was working OK. I nailed a couple of stakes together and
raised it another 10' vertically  and it made quite a difference.

from what I can gather, the best bet in No. Cal. is a longwire up as
high as possible and a lot of luck. have fun...

-Unabong