[AMRadio] Phone band expansion

Bob Maser bmaser at tampabay.rr.com
Thu Oct 12 14:59:51 EDT 2006

I am in the Tampa area.  The reason I sold my 20V2 and 20V3 was once you 
work the 30 or 40 stations that seem to hang out on 3885,  you're done.  I 
don't usually get on in the morning so I don't know what type of activity is 
on 75.  I really don't think that it's too smart to put an AM signal on 3795 
in the evening.  You(we) are still the minority, you can question the ratio, 
but since all AM'ers do is "lock and talk" and hardly ever chase DX, why 
would you even consider going into the "DX part" of the bands.  AM'ers need 
friends, not enemies.  BTW, I don't know what you define as a "strapping 
signal"  but I would go up against the best with my SSB signal, especially 
in the DX window.  If you want to set up a schedule sometime, let's see who 
gets heard on a common frequency out to the mid west.

Bob W6TR
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Todd, KA1KAQ" <ka1kaq at gmail.com>
To: "Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service" 
<amradio at mailman.qth.net>
Sent: Thursday, October 12, 2006 2:10 PM
Subject: Re: [AMRadio] Phone band expansion

> On 10/12/06, Bob Maser <bmaser at tampabay.rr.com> wrote:
> <snip>
>> Back in the
>> 50's and 60's when SSB was just emerging, they were allocated by 
>> gentlemen's
>> agreement to the top of each band because they were the minority.  Now AM 
>> is
>> the minority so it makes sense for AM'ers to inhabit the top frequencies.
>> Why fight a fight that you can't win?
> 500-1? I think you need to get on a bit more often, Bob. AM has made a
> huge comeback over the last decade, and the 'gentleman's agreement'
> you mention seems only to be respected by the AMers. Just check 3870 -
> 3890 any night, you'll hear them trying to make problems. The reason
> there haven't been AM issues in other areas in only because the AM
> group tends to stay up above, certainly not because of any agreement.
> And as far as battles go, the strapping AM signals win out everytime.
> If you're pissweak, you're covered up - regardless of mode. Up here in
> the northeast, AMers make full use of the 'window' as well as other
> phone frequencies. Which is why the impending move to Florida concerns
> me a bit. All I've heard about down there is that 'the SSB guys won't
> let us operate anywhere but 3885' or 'you need to get on in the
> morning' etc.
> AM continues to grow as more and more people discover its pleasant
> sound and hands-on 'real radio' approach. The more AMers get on and
> use the spectrum, the more AM will grow.
> Fortunately Bob, there are some good AM signals soon to be on the air
> down your way, and others on the way down. Fear not, AM will thrive.
> We just need to get people off their sofas and on the air.  (o:
> ~ Todd,  KA1KAQ
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