[AMRadio] 40 meters


Bob Macklin macklinbob at msn.com
Sat Nov 22 22:03:58 EST 2008


Hi Craig,

I know about the 3970 PNW AM gang. There are really 2 groups. The dry siders
(East of the Cascades) and the wet siders (West of the Cascades). Until
about 3 years ago I was able to hear the wet siders in the late afternoon
but they just faded into the noise. I have never heard any of the dry
siders.

As you state, with this antenna limitation I am at a real disadvantage on
75M.

But a couple years ago I was doing very well on 40M and higher. I hope that
stuff comes back!

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

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Craig C. Heaton" <wd8kdg at worldnet.att.net>
To: "'Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service'"
<amradio at mailman.qth.net>; <wa3vjb at yahoo.com>
Sent: Saturday, November 22, 2008 6:50 PM
Subject: RE: [AMRadio] 40 meters


> 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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