[AMRadio] Anti-AM Opinionated Hams

Ellen Rugowski ellenjoanne2003 at sbcglobal.net
Fri Nov 23 19:01:28 EST 2007

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "jeremy-ca" <km1h at jeremy.mv.com>
To: "Ben Dover" <quixote2 at ix.netcom.com>; "Discussion of AM Radio in the
Amateur Service" <amradio at mailman.qth.net>
Sent: Friday, November 23, 2007 11:43 AM
Subject: Re: [AMRadio] Anti-AM Opinionated Hams

> Aurora CW is fun on 6M. Especially when you link up to Es or F2 (not for a
> few more years). Ive worked Alaska from NH on what is believed to have
> an AU link to double hop E. You should be in an excellent location for AU.
> Ive worked coast to coast, South America and Europe on regular E and F
> AM, its a blast! Im also in a CH 2 area but with 99% of the town probably
> cable Ive had no complaints at 120W on AM or 1200W on CW/SSB.
> Carl
> KM1H
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Ben Dover" <quixote2 at ix.netcom.com>
> To: "Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service"
> <amradio at mailman.qth.net>; "Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service"
> <amradio at mailman.qth.net>
> Sent: Friday, November 23, 2007 12:12 PM
> Subject: Re: [AMRadio] Anti-AM Opinionated Hams
> > Howdy, Ellen!
> >
> > Yeah...   I know that there at least USED to be a bunch in the
> > Milwaukee area that kept 6 meter AM hopping, but I've never heard
> > them here, so I assume they're now defunct.
> >
> > I've always been intrigued by 6 meters...  even back when I was in
> > Chicago, a channel 2 area!!! I can say from personal experience that
> > if you fire up on 6 in Chicago, you're gonna get something like the
> > final scene in the movie version of Frankenstein; the villagers, all
> > carrying torches and pitchforks, are gonna storm the place by night,
> > intent on destroying the monster!!!   <<GRIN>>
> >
> > One of the things that I've LONG been intending to do... set up here
> > to work auroral DX on CW. Gathering dust is a pretty decent Heathkit
> > Seneca, a low band Motorola base station power amp (single 4CX250),
> > and an Ameco 6 meter converter (the Nuvistor version). Also, in the
> > rafters of the garage is a 20 foot length of 2" OD aluminum pipe from
> > an irrigation system (It'd make a GREAT boom for a 3 element 6 meter
> > Yagi!).
> >
> > As it is...  all I have actually working now is the Gonset hooked to
> > a J-pole.
> >
> > Mr. T., W9LBB
> >

Hi Tom & Carl,

Yep AU is a blast on 6 & 2m on CW.  It's almost impossible to do AU on AM
(and difficult do to AU on SSB), due to doppler distortion from the auroral
curtain. The only time it's really possible, is if you get auroral Es, then
it gets nice & clear signalwise & then you can rock on AM.  Auroral Es
virtually never happens on 2m.

A little off the line of thought, but Tom, my frustration is 2m AM.  I went
to the Oak Creek (a Milwaukee 'burb) Swapfest in August.  It's where I got
my FT-620B for peanuts.  It was my kind of swapfest (tubes galore, tons of
old rigs, including a CE-100, SX-28, HQ-129, etc.).  I was orely tempted to
buy one of the several Clegg 22ers at the swapfest.  They were all going for
chump change (as in 30-35 dollars).  But as in 6m AM, there is virtually no
2m AM activity around here.  The nearest 2m AM net I know of, is in eastern
Michigan.  So, as much as I hated to, I had to pass on the temptation.

Ellen - AF9J

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