DX on 40 Meters with an Indoor Isotron Antenna

Due to a busy personal schedule, I’ve sparsely been on the air for a few days; but I still continue to work a few DX stations. Early this morning, I found this VERY satisfying QSO with a station near Munich Germany. 

I’ve been hearing a few nightly DX stations, on the lower end of the General class portion of the 40 meter band, but never thought I could work one. I was very surprised when I called DJ6ZM on 7026 MHz with 5 watts from my indoor mounted Isotron antenna – and he answered with a “question mark“.  (IMI)

After re-directing his beam, and me repeating my call sign a few times, he could hear me clearly, and responded with a 449 report! He lives about 15 KM from the headquarters of BMW motor company.

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I’ve worked Germany 41 times now. Fifteen of them have been this year, but this is my first German contact on  40 meters. As most of my readers know, I live in a restricted antenna area near the state capitol in Charleston and use stealth antennas.

My 40 meter antenna has often been called “the bird house” because…let’s face it, I’ve seen bird houses about this size.  Hihi  

My 40 meter Isotron antenna is the one with the “small coil” on the left side of the painters pole.

This morning, on 30 meters,  I also worked EA3NT for the “third” time and he responded with “nice to hear you again”. This makes my 37th contact into Spain.

I’m also very proud of a nice contact, on the 29th of September, with UX1AA in the Ukraine ! This was a great signal on the 17 meter band. In addition to a nice card displayed on QRZ.com

He sent me this one via E-QSL: 

The Ukraine log book now has ten contacts listed on it’s pages. 
John Smithson, Jr., N8ZYA, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from West Virginia, USA. Contact him at [email protected].

3 Responses to “DX on 40 Meters with an Indoor Isotron Antenna”

  • Jim W8NLW:

    Dear OM, I just moved to a new QTH this past Spring in a subdivision that has a lot of retrictions on using any type of outdoor antenna. We also have a female board member that delights in acting as the official “Antenna Nazi”. I am curious as to what kind of antennas you have, and what techniques you’ve used to hide them. I do have a few trees close by my condo, but they are hardwood trees, and are about to lose their leaves. Anything I could learn from you would be greatly appreciated. I do truly miss 40M SSB operation, and I need to come up with a solution soon. Thanks and 73 Jim W8NLW Maineville, Ohio (near Cincinnati)

  • xe2pea menny:

    maravilloso comentario,que nos compartes ya que siempre e estado interesado en este tipo de antenas,ISOTRON ya que e escuchado muy buenos comentarios sobre su eficiencia a pesar de su tamaño…gracias y os agradecere que compartais nuevas esperiencias con tus antenas….73 y dx tu amigo menny dedde el planeta tierra.

  • Jerry KK6YO:

    All, I live in a ccr HOA and i am using a ISOTRAN 20 and 17 meter antenna and
    Just ordered a 40 meter antenna. I highly recommend any of the antennas, For more information, check out my QRZ page,

    KK6YO – Jerry

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