October 2013 Club Meeting - "HF Contest Antennas - DX or Domestic, What's Your Pleasure?"

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October 18, 2013 

7:00pm MST

Resurrection Lutheran Church 
11575 North 1st Ave. 
Oro Valley, AZ

HF Contest Antennas

DX or Domestic, What's Your Pleasure?

Presented by Dean Straw – N6BV, ARRLRET

For years you've probably heard hams say that for HF DX contests you need high antennas. And for domestic contests (like Sweepstakes) you need low antennas. Is this really true? Are domestic and DX contests really mutually exclusive?

Dean Straw, N6BV retired from ARRL as a Senior Assistant Technical Editor. He will explore in detail the range of elevation angles you need for effective contesting and DXing at all points in the Solar Cycle.

About Dean Straw

Dean was initially licensed in 1959 as WH6DKD and has since held 6 calls over the past 54 years as a licensed Amateur Operator. After attending Yale University for Electronics Engineering, Dean was hired by National Radio Company where he designed SSB and VHF radios. He was in the marine electronics industry for 25 years and eventually moved in to technical marketing.

For the last 15 years, Dean has worked at ARRL Headquarters specializing in antennas, transmission lines and propagation. He was the editor of The ARRL Antenna Book and other books dealing with antennas. As Dean retired in 2008 he noted “Few folks are so blessed by the Good Lord to have combined their work and their hobby together!”