[AMRadio] 40 meters


Craig C. Heaton wd8kdg at worldnet.att.net
Sat Nov 22 21:50:24 EST 2008


Hi Bob,

There is activity daily on 3.870MHz, usually between the hours of 3PM
through 5PM. Most stations are in the state of WA. You will have a tough
time hearing or working them with an undersized antenna. 

I listened most of the late morning and into the afternoon on 40, didn't
hear any AMers on or near 7.290, just foreign broadcast across the entire
band.

>From 3PM on there was a QSO on 3.870, I was there running the Junkston Desk
KW and had to turn up the wick towards the end because of slopbuckets n'
swishing carriers. Everyone was Q5: stations checking in were from WA, OR,
and MT. Early on one of the stations was getting by with just a Viking
Ranger running 40 watts. 

Sad to say, nothing beats a full size antenna and good band conditions. 

Haven't had a QSO on 40 since last summer, it only lasted a few minutes
because of poor conditions. 

73's
wd8kdg
Craig


-----Original Message-----
From: amradio-bounces at mailman.qth.net
[mailto:amradio-bounces at mailman.qth.net] On Behalf Of Bob Macklin
Sent: Saturday, November 22, 2008 4:53 PM
To: wa3vjb at yahoo.com; Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service
Subject: Re: [AMRadio] 40 meters

My interest in 40M is mostly because a have a severe antenna limitation. I
live in a 20' by 20' RETIREMENT CLOSET!

I live on the 4th floor with my windows facing south. At least they are not
facing North! I have a 40M dipole 6" below the ceiling. The center is in the
SE corner. The hot leg goes West about 18" then turns North. The
counterpoise  goes North from the feedpoint about 18' then goes West.

I can recive on this KLUDGE on contest days. It seems to take current OK on
40M. I need to try loading this thing on 15M also.

I am interested in trying to promote 40M AM activity. But is seems the only
interest here in the PNW is on 3870. And I have not heard anything there in
over 18 months.

But I did hear some weak AM on 3885 this morning. I understand it is a
Calif. group. I have heard them before.

It would be nice to get some AM activity back on 20M also.

I don't know what is happening in the rest of the US but here in the PNW it
seems the only time me or some of my friends hear anything at all is during
contests.

Anyway my DX-60 is ready to try on 40M AM!

Bob Macklin
K5MYJ
Kent (Seattle), Wa,
"Real Radios Glow in the Dark"

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "VJB" <wa3vjb at yahoo.com>
To: <amradio at mailman.qth.net>
Sent: Saturday, November 22, 2008 3:51 PM
Subject: [AMRadio] 40 meters


> When the FCC expanded the 80/75 and 40 meter phone segments, we organized
a "bandwarming party" that brought out dozens of stations to help
commemorate new areas to operate AM.
>
> I wonder if we should try something like that again with the upcoming
departure of international SW stations from the portions of 40 meters we've
been sharing with them.
>
> It doesn't take much: A few articles in print publications, some reworking
to post the same thing on popular internet sites, and some on-air promotion
to drum up support and notice.
>
> Hit this link for an example of a 'net posting:
> eham.net/articles/15428
>
> And these postings to a boatanchors reflector Dec 15 2006 marking the good
time:
>
> > It was effective last night at the crack of midnight (EST). > The
frequencies from 3600 to 3750 sounded as if a contest > were in process. >
> 73 de Mike W9OJ > > The bandwarming party certainly did take place,
starting right about > 0501Z with phone activity throughout 3600 - 3750. The
most interesting > thing to me was the large number of AM signals and the
large number AM > QSO's on different frequencies throughout the newly opened
segment. >
>
> All it would really take to debut some additional 40m activity is a
numerically critical mass of people to organize and get on. Someone want to
take the lead ?
>
>
> --Paul/VJB
>
>
>
>
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