[AMRadio] Another "Get on the Air Night"


Todd, KA1KAQ ka1kaq at gmail.com
Mon Nov 26 10:08:32 EST 2007


On Nov 26, 2007 8:39 AM, Mike Sawyer <w3slk at hughes.net> wrote:
> Todd,
>     It was good to hear you on 160 the other night albeit your signal was
> weak. You're right, we need to demonstrate that the band expansion was a
> good thing. The only way we can do that is by making greater use of our
> privileges. Just a passing thought. We seem very inclined to participate in
> activity on 75M in the new expansion, but has there been any increase in
> activity in the expanded portion of 40M?

Mike, my experience with 40 has been a lot different due to the more
'propogationally-volatile' nature of the band. Someone mentioned over
the long weekend that 40 had started to settle down some, so perhaps
we'll see better opportunities there soon. I know there has been some
AM activity down much lower on that band.

Folks need to get used to the idea of finding an open frequency and
using it. Simple as that. If half the people who say "I tuned down
below but didn't hear anyone" actually put out a call, think of the
activity there'd be. Waiting for someone else to do it for you won't
provide good results. There are maybe 2 dozen folks down between
3705-3725 regularly, not counting the Canadians. A few more if you add
the guys who use 3685. I hear Brian, Kent, and the old dawg down there
when the band is quiet enough, so I know there's regular activity in
other parts of the country too. Old habits just die harder for some
folks.

The 160 ant is on the 'to do' list, that should help my signal. Was
using the 80m low dipole into a T with a large broadcast dummy load
into the other side. It works, but that's about it. Your signal was
large and loud into VT.

~ Todd,  KA1KAQ


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