My name is Brandon, and I just moved here to the Anchorage, Alaska area from California. I was wondering if anyone can give me advice, anecdotes, or experiences with contacts this far north? Are you in the lower 48 and have made contacts into AK? Or are you here in AK (or nearby in Canada) and regularly make contacts further south? Which bands work, which ones don’t, what can I expect transmitting with 5 W . . . etc.?
What I’m trying to figure out is what my activation strategies should be when I get back on the air in the spring. (In operating from California I knew that, for example, I could work from Arizona to Oregon on 40, Kansas and the midwest on 20, and occasionally the east coast very faintly on 20.) I don’t have any experience with activating from this are yet though, so any advice you can give is appreciated.
My HF activating gear is a Yaesu 817ND, fiberglass mast, and wire dipoles. I build all my own antennas, so I can cut for any band needed. I don’t operate CW, but I did just get a WophiLink so I should soon be able to run psk31 and RTTY from the field.