[AMRadio] Anti-AM Opinionated Hams

jeremy-ca km1h at jeremy.mv.com
Thu Nov 22 20:18:37 EST 2007

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Ellen Rugowski" <ellenjoanne2003 at sbcglobal.net>
To: "Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service" 
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Sent: Thursday, November 22, 2007 8:04 PM
Subject: Re: [AMRadio] Anti-AM Opinionated Hams

> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Thomas Adams" <quixote2 at ix.netcom.com>
> To: "Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service"
> <amradio at mailman.qth.net>
> Sent: Thursday, November 22, 2007 6:48 PM
> Subject: Re: [AMRadio] Anti-AM Opinionated Hams
>> Wish I could say the same here.
>> I've had a Gonset Gooney Bird sitting on 50.4 MHz for several years
>> now, and I've heard NADA. The radio's a paperweight with a yellow
>> Civil Defense paint job!  ;o)
>> Mr. T., W9LBB
> I know what you mean Tom.  If we were closer, I'd help you give it a
> workout.  BUt I see from QRZ, you're in Sun Prairie.  I'm in Greenfield,
> which means we're 70 plus miles apart.  Neither of us is running power
> (which you need to do troposcatter on 6).  I won't lie, except for a few
> locals here in the Milwaukee area, who get on 6, to rag chew on SSB, when 
> 6
> is dead around here, it's about as boring as watching paint dry.  Still, 
> 6m
> AM (like 10m AM) is a blast when the band is open.  And you don't need 
> much
> power then.  Oh yeah, and unlike down on 50.125, you won't just get a grid
> square on 50.400. Grid squares are cool.  But sometimes, I want to do more
> than say "Hi and good-bye."
> 73,
> Ellen - AF9J

Tropo isnt necessary to work 70 miles with low power; you are still in the 
extended groundwave region.

I can work 5-10 watt AM stations any evening at that range as long as they 
have an antenna in the clear. A simple 3 el yagi on the roof will do it, 
dirt simple to build.

The hardest part with those old radios is marginal receivers. Give them a 
few new tubes and an alignment. Also be sure that you are actually on 50.4 
or whatever the locals have designated. Its also easy to build/buy a RF 
actuated SS preamp which will really wake up those radios.


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