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Farthest 11 meter DX contact and equipment used?

Wow some of these are phenomenal.

Late 90s in high school, the night before Thanksgiving up till 5am jabbering. I worked southern Australia and Hawaii on 27.225 AM with a Ranger 2970 driving an Ameritron AL-811h.. with RCA's in it! And I wasn't on the 3 element beam. I was on the Maco 5/8 wave. About 80 feet in the air. Was rag chewing with locals and they could hear me. Neatest part was I could turn the Ameritron off and the Hawaii station still copied. On AM.

Yup. My folks sucked in their own way but I got to do anything I wanted when it came to radio.

That was a legit setup for a Freshman in high school. Worked my ass off for it all too
While not as impressive as some of these stories once I was running a yard sale in my front yard and had a stock Cobra 29 with a Firestik IBA-5 indoor antenna throw ed out on the lawn on top or a piece of sheet metal and talked 2 states away with no Amp. About 700-900 miles away and no skip conditions. My Grand-Daughter was as surprised as me. It helped feed my CB sickness ! LOL

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  • @ Jim5570091:
    Antenna length on my mobile. So I’ve had 3 different radios in my truck. 2006 f250 super duty. 29ltd NW, 29 ltd clasic, and now a galaxy DX44HP. My steel whip is somewhere around 89”. Which I know is way to short. But show 1.2 SWR on all 3 radios. And I have a a bench SWR meter that shows the same results. Which I find odd and disturbing. Note the frequency is 27.205. The longer I make the whip the higher the SWR. At 102” it’s up around 2.5. Which totally blows any of my experience i have with mobile radio antennas. I have the antenna mounted to a post just higher than the cab. I’ve swapped the jump through several to different ones. Even tried lug and so239. Connections at the antenna. Seems to transmit well and receives well. Any ideas how this could be possible?
  • @ Jim5570091:
    Turns out I was missing the ground to the cab. Problem solved. Now have 102” exact and 1.2 SWR 26.005 megahertz through 28.005 megahertz. Pictures posted on my profile.
  • @ BJ radionut: