[AMRadio] Low Power AM?

Ellen Rugowski ellenjoanne2003 at sbcglobal.net
Sun Nov 23 17:20:32 EST 2008


You're not alone in using a ricebox for AM.  A fair amount of us do.  I save 
my Viking II for 160 & 75m.  On 40 & above, I use a 30 year old Yaesu 
FT-301SD, which does about 30W of carrier (I run it at 25, to keep the 
finals happy).  I usually have pretty decent results with the '301 on high 
band AM.  My only complaint about high band AM, is that with the exception 
of 10m during the Sporadic E season, I don't hear much AM on the other 
bands,  I've called occasionally on 20m, and at times till I was blue in the 
face on 40m, with no luck.  The only AMer I ever hear in any amount on 40m, 
is Ashtabula Bill, W8VYZ.

Ellen - AF9J

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mike Duke, K5XU" <k5xu at comcast.net>
To: "Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service" 
<amradio at mailman.qth.net>
Sent: Sunday, November 23, 2008 2:21 PM
Subject: Re: [AMRadio] Low Power AM?

> I've had several complete and quite enjoyable 20 meter AM contacts running
> only my TS570, which is my only functioning AM rig at present.
> Granted, most of the other stations were running full power, or at least a
> Viking II power level.
> But, if you can get into a qso on 20 with a reasonably good signal, it 
> works
> well at low power as long as the frequency is clear.
> However, as was mentioned here recently, it's been months since I heard
> anyone on AM on 14.286, or anywhere else on 20 meters.
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