DX Spray …. it works!

Unlike the grand vistas that Jim W1PID encounters in the beautiful locales of New Hampshire, the views that I am afforded during my lunchtime QRP sessions are a bit more urbane.  However, as the season changes along with the leaves, even in a suburban setting there is beauty to be found:

Not bad for a parking lot view, eh?

As I was setting up the station, I noticed that the "stick" part of my Buddistick was ......well, rather sticky. I happened to have a can of this in the trunk, so I applied a bit to the whip and then proceeded to rub it in using some 3" gauze bandage from my First Aid kit.  Hey, you use what's on hand!

Little did I know that WD-40 actually stands for "Whopping DX - 40 Meters".  I didn't get on 40 Meters, but the can didn't know that, and the DX Spray seemed to work equally well on 15 and 17 Meters. In short order, after applying this miracle spray to my Buddistick, I worked T47GDXC, SM3PZG, RA1AOB and TF4X all in the space of about 15 minutes.

Who knew?  If I was aware of what WD-40 really stood for, I would have been applying it to my antennas years ago!  Just think ..... all the wasted time, all the wasted opportunities!  I could be on the DXCC Honor Roll by now.

Some would attribute my success today to the sun and something called "improved band conditions". But I, for one, know better. I have learned the secret of the magic "DX Spray".

Sob ....... weep!

72 de Larry W2LJ
QRP - When you care to send the very least!
Larry Makoski, W2LJ, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from New Jersey, USA. Contact him at [email protected].

3 Responses to “DX Spray …. it works!”

  • peter kg5wy:

    Everyone will be rushing to their Home Depot now to get some.
    I personally use 3-in-one oil to pull in those rare contacts.

  • Bill KD5DPJ:

    This might not be related to Ham radio but it could be. Back in 1970 I had a new Opel Kadette. It was less than a month old when we took our first long trip int. We left the LA area and planned on ending in Memphis. Made it to Henryetta OK and pulled into town for a bite to eat. It was early and cold. We left and made it about 3 miles out of town when the car quit. Thankfully we were right by the side of an old fashioned roadside park. Picknic table and a trash can. After a lot of head scratching I pulled the air cleaner off the carb. The automatic choke was stuck closed and no amount of friendly presuation would free it up. I pulled the top of the carb off and searched the massive trunk on that little car. Came up with a can of 6-12 insect repellent. I sprayed the choke with that and woopie it freed up. Never had another problem out of that. 6-12 might just work with your Bud pole if you can find a can.

  • Looks beautiful to me Larry! and nice DX too OM. 73 Jim W1PID

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