[AMRadio] Re: Amateur Radio Exam Question

Bob Macklin macklinbob at msn.com
Fri Feb 8 11:59:13 EST 2008

I  posted those two questions because they were related to what we do.

The PNW AM group seems to only operate early evenings on weekdays. I have
not seen any weekend activity by this group. They operate on 3870.

I am told the operate early and shut down before the band goes long. So all
there is the ground wave. I am in a bad area surrounded by pretty good
hills. The base of the Cascades. When I first moved here 5 years ago I could
copy many of the stations very well. But now what ever activity there is
down in the noise. I hope things improve when we get back up in the next
solar cycle.

I have never heard any AM on 40M. I have been told to monitor 7295. I have
been doing that when I have an interest. But I think the West Coast AMers
should grab 7195 for there new home. It is in the General segment and soon
the SWBC stations will be gone.

Five years ago I also was hearing the West Coast AM group on 14,286 in the
early evening. I never hear any AM there but I do hear SSB there.

I assume that a lot of my listening problems are due to the fact that we are
at the bottom of the Solar Cycle.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Todd, KA1KAQ" <ka1kaq at gmail.com>
To: "Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service"
<amradio at mailman.qth.net>
Sent: Friday, February 08, 2008 7:23 AM
Subject: Re: [AMRadio] Re: Amateur Radio Exam Question

> On Feb 7, 2008 8:38 PM, Bob Macklin <macklinbob at msn.com> wrote:
> > Here is another question from the NEW Extra exam:
> > Which of the following describes how the loading capacitor and tuning
> > capacitor are to be
> > adjusted when tuning a vacuum tube RF power amplifier that employs a
> > pi-network output
> > circuit?
> Well Bob, at least this and the previous example you posted show that
> the sky really isn't falling after all. I've never cared for the
> 'mulitple guess' exams or some of the modes, but at least we still
> have the privilege of holding a license and enjoying amateur radio.
> What we choose to do with it will be the determining factor.
> A much larger concern to me is the apathy among AMers and probably
> other modes as well (although there seems to be plenty of SSB
> activity). Most nights it's tough to find any AM activity on the bands
> beyond 1885 or the 75 meter ghetto, complete with jamming. Seems folks
> can find plenty of time to piss and moan or stir the pot on here, but
> locating that power switch and tuning dial is a most formidable
> obstacle. Kudos to the few who make a regular effort.
> Below 3800 is slowly filling up with SSB groups claiming frequency
> ownership for their 'groups'. Maybe we'll be fortunate enough to keep
> another small 'window' area like 75m, where AM signals can be found
> 4-5 kcs apart. That way folks will know where to look for activity and
> not have to actually create any.
> Meantime, we can troll the web for things to post online, complain
> about the ARRL, FCC, SSBers, newbies, or whoever/whatever else. In the
> end, we remain our own worst enemy. Hmm...speaking of pissing and
> moaning....  (o:
> Hope to hear more of you on the air over the weekend. Very little
> static last night, nice stable conditions for a change. Here's hoping
> it stays that way for a while, and that more folks find their way back
> to the airwaves.
> ~ Todd,  KA1KAQ
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