Amateur Radio Station     N7VY

Page, Arizona

    The Amateur Radio Station, N7VY is primarily used as a QRP contest station. Operating as QRP means, maximum output to the antennas is at 5 watts of power. Most contest stations operate at 1500 watts of power, or 9.5 times the power of a QRP station. The decision to operate QRP was determined by two things. First was my neighbors phoning or ringing my doorbell during contest times, which normally last 24 to 48 hours at a whack. Secondly, I found out that I can compete on a national and worldwide level using only 5 watts of power.

    The equipment that I use, is the best ( in my opinion )that is available. The decision to purchase a Yaesu FT1000D moved me from the middle of the pack to placing consistently in the top 10. The next step was to maximize my signal getting into the air. First I chose to install a Force 12 C-3 antenna. I found this antenna to have the least amount of loss then any other. The next step was to stack a pair of C-3's, using a WX0B's stackmatch and feeding the array with Belden 9913 coax.