[AMRadio] Re: 40m tonight

Geoff/W5OMR ars.w5omr at gmail.com
Sat Sep 29 10:16:29 EDT 2007

Ellen Rugowski wrote:
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Geoff/W5OMR" <ars.w5omr at gmail.com>
> To: "Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service"
> <amradio at mailman.qth.net>
> Sent: Friday, September 28, 2007 10:01 PM
> Subject: [AMRadio] Re: 40m tonight
>> Well, it wasn't a complete bust, for me.
>> While I never heard any of -you- guys (Todd, Larry, Ellen, Bian), I
>> -did- get to work Dave/W9AD from near Chicago (strong - but
>> disappeared.  He mentioned something about getting some sleep before the
>> hamfest in his area in the morning.)  I did get a 20/9 report from Dave
>> on his Flex radio.  After that, I heard Bill/W8VYZ calling CQ from
>> Ashtabula, OH.  Bill didn't come back to my calls to him, but Ralph/W3GL
>> did, there in Newcastle, Delaware.  Cool!  There's hope of working New
>> Hampshire and VT!  Alas, never heard you guys, and Ralph faded out into
>> the noise, then Bill was back up to strong again, and he and I worked
>> for a good 30mins or so... even had a breaker - KF6RNT/Terry from near
>> LA, but he didn't come back when we turned it to him.
>> So, there is your 40m report, from San Antonio, TX.  I heard a couple of
>> other unidentifiable carriers in there, and heard audio on one, but he
>> was doubling with Bill, so never heard that.  I -thought- I heard
>> someone say "..Os*bzzt*r Mike Ro*crah*o"... that's how the noise was,
>> here.  When the signals were there, it was good, but the band conditions
>> were very 'dynamic'.
>> Change happens.
>> Maybe tomorrow night, 40m will be better and we can get a round table
> going.
>> 7.290 is now void of a Broadcast station, and the frequency is pretty
>> much clear.
>> I just signed out about 7 mins ago, and pulled the big switch.
>> Good night Mr. and Mrs Ship, and all the Americans at sea...
> Hi Geoff,
>  If the K gets above 5, and the A gets above about 25 or
> 30, there's a good chance we'll have an Aurora (it sure would be nice to
> watch the Northern Lights tonight, they're eerie, and beautiful).  

Take pictures!  I've never seen an Aurora well enough to know that it 
was, indeed, an aurora.  We did see some 'slightly' tinged colored faint 
lights one time, as far south as the Gulf Coast... but not having grown 
up with them, or knowing what to look for, it was kinda like..."is that 
it?"  "No, that's an airplane, silly..."  ;-)

> In spite of conditions, I think I'm going to QSY to 7290 now, and give it a go there.  

I'll connect up the TS-520 and see if I can get my bug to play nice with 
it.  Maybe tune the 75m loop up on 20m, for some CX exchanges.

7290 is useless in 5-land, till after the 7290 Traffic net has ended and 
all the draggers on clear the frequency.

> Well, I'd better go fire up the scout on 7290.  Hope you're feeling better.

Eh.. I'll live.  But, thanks for the kind words.

Driving your AM Rig without a scope, 
is like driving your car at night, without headlights. (K4KYV)

73 = Best Regards,

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