[AMRadio] Is the novelty of the "new" 40m band wearing off already?


Bernie Doran qedconsultants at embarqmail.com
Tue Apr 21 13:35:48 EDT 2009


It reminds me of the opening of 80 meters down to 3.6, a quick flash, then 
gone. Bernie W8RPW
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "D. Chester" <k4kyv at charter.net>
To: <amradio at mailman.qth.net>
Sent: Tuesday, April 21, 2009 12:31 PM
Subject: [AMRadio] Is the novelty of the "new" 40m band wearing off already?


>I wonder...
>
> The past few days I have heard little, if any, AM on 7160.  The DX chasers
> scared everyone away?  Later at night after most Europeans have gone to 
> bed,
> the band is sometimes still open for good solid stateside QSO's,
> particularly from here to the west coast.  But I have heard very little
> west-coast AM operation on 40 since the band changes took effect.
>
> During the daytime I haven't heard much AM activity period, either near 
> 7160
> or 7290.  I fired up my automated CQ on 7160 about 1600 GMT yesterday
> morning and ran several CQ's, and the only response I got (on what sounded
> like ricebox AM) was someone griping about how long my CQ's were (each 
> cycle
> of the automated recording runs 2 minutes with frequent CQ's and callsign
> ID's, then pauses into listening mode for 30 seconds), but he apparently
> wasn't interested enough in a QSO to came back to my call or even to give
> his call sign. I did hear a weak  signal from VA calling CQ about 2300 GMT
> yesterday running 40 watts from an Icom.  We chatted briefly, but I had to
> get back outside to finish what I was doing, before dark.
>
> And where are all the Euro-AM'ers?  I have yet to hear a single one of the
> 3705 kHz crew anywhere on 40m AM since the band opened.
>
> French stations were allowed on 7.1-7.2 as of 29 March, but so far I have
> heard only ONE  F-callsign (on SSB), period.  Maybe that bloke was right
> about driving across France recently and no longer seeing any ham radio
> antennas on rooftops.
>
> Don k4kyv
>
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