[AMRadio] West Coast Activity?

Brett gazdzinski brett.gazdzinski at verizonbusiness.com
Tue Apr 3 14:56:12 EDT 2007

Not sure how it is there, but in the past, 40 meters
was great to operate on in the daytime on weekends.
I would spend winter weekend mornings on 40, you could very often
get by with 25 watts, 100 watts was a strong station!

Short wave broadcast did not start till about 2 or 3pm, just
in time to start cooking dinner!

Of late, I suspect the sunspot cycle has eaten 40 meters in the
daytime, at night there seems to be plenty of CW.

I never actually tried 40 AM at night as it was filled up
with broadcast, I wonder what kind of skip you would have...

You might just have to wait, but when it comes around again,
your indoor antenna and some little rig may work great on 40.



> -----Original Message-----
> From: amradio-bounces at mailman.qth.net 
> [mailto:amradio-bounces at mailman.qth.net] On Behalf Of Bob Macklin
> Sent: Tuesday, April 03, 2007 11:02 AM
> To: AM Radio
> Subject: [AMRadio] West Coast Activity?
> How about a change of subject?
> I live just south of Seattle. I live in a 4th floor senior 
> apartment and only have a 40M antenna running around the wall 
> near the ceiling. My penelty for not having a decent retirement plan.
> But when I moved into this pace in 2003 I could copy several 
> of the NW AM group on 3870. But as the Solar Cycle has 
> progressed they have dropped down into the noise. They 
> operate between about 4:30PM and 6PM Pacific time most 
> afternoons. I am told the intentionally quit before the band 
> goes long.
> BUt I do receive the West Coast RTTY net at 8PM very vell 
> most of the time. This is on about 3590. I have copied 
> stations in BC and Calif.
> But evening AM activity has been ZIP!
> When I first moved here I could also copy the Calif. AM group 
> on 14,286 about 4PM. Now what I hear there is SSB. Maybe they 
> were driven away.
> I was also told to check 7290 around noon on weekends. I have 
> done this with no luck.
> I am at the point of not knowing if the problem is tha solar 
> cycle or just a lack of activity.
> On contest days I hear all kinds of activity. So my antenna 
> while not really good, is not totally bad.
> And on my SX-110 I can hear the South American SW stations 
> very nicely!
> Bob Macklin
> Near Seattle, Wa
> "Real Radios Glow In The Dark"
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