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

Lee Richardson richardsonlee at hotmail.com
Tue Apr 21 16:23:17 EDT 2009


Don:  I listened a bit around 7160, but being still relegated to the General ghetto, was mostly tuning ca. 7177 - 7189 this w/e.  Nice and clear after dark, no bc, heard some SSB QSO's and even a CQ or two (didn't join in); prop. mostly from W0 and W8-land.


Sure wish we could stir up some activity, including some North of 7175 if possible.


73 de Lee   W5JQA 


> From: k4kyv at charter.net
> To: amradio at mailman.qth.net
> Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2009 11:31:43 -0500
> 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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