[AMRadio] Why Only 75M

Jim Wilhite w5jo at brightok.net
Sat Nov 22 19:13:20 EST 2008

Commonality is your answer.  I know W1PE very well and when I turn on my radio to 7.290 I expect to hear him.  However, the past couple of years that is not the case.  So anyone who frequented 7290 has moved to 80 meters for shorter range communications.  We expect to hear people near us.  Even the 7290 no-traffic net has problems.

There is a guy in Rio Ranchos, NM that was a fixture on 7290 four years ago that I can't hear now.  But I do hear 9s and 8s and 7s talking to him.  This is not to say if I hear Brett or Bob, I would avoid talking to them, but the band doesn't stay stable long enough to have a very good conversation.  

Long Live 160 meters.

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  Have you noticed that some of the people that say "GET OUT OF THE GETTO" are some of those that LIVE IN THE GETTO!

  Bob Macklin
  Kent (Seattle), Wa,
  "Real Radios Glow in the Dark"

    There was activity on 40 today, and usually is on weekend mornings.
    Not as much as there used to be, but the band is variable, and broadcast comes in
    around noon.

    When its in good shape, 40 is great, you can run 50 watts and cover the east coast and into
    Canada with a good signal.

    It is kind of nice knowing where the AM operation is though, instead of tuning all around on 80 and 40, and other bands, you tune around 3880 or 7290, depending on which band is doing well.

    I know people are always saying get out of the ghetto, but its convenient to look around one spot for activity instead of tuning all over many bands...

    I was working on stuff in the shack and listening on both 80 and 40 meters today.
    I have recently got an sdr-iq which allows you to look at 200 KHz and do a mouse click and listen to any signal in the window, any band, any mode, and its actually a very good receiver.
    It helps to find signals to listen to.
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