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

rbethman rbethman at comcast.net
Wed Apr 22 13:25:45 EDT 2009


That IS part of the current discourse.  Everyone IS solely talking about 
the lower end of the band where General Class cannot go without the 
probable penalty of getting nailed.

I *DO* run upward of 7175.  Haven't had much success with contacts, AND 
I don't just listen.

Being honest about it, the upper area USED to be VERY active.  Then we 
lost one of our VERY welcome voices due to a fatal stroke.  This 
geographical area, that spread across PA, MD, and VA has NOT been the 
same since.

I've found the activity level to have just about gone to nothing.

Bob - N0DGN

Todd, KA1KAQ wrote:
> On Wed, Apr 22, 2009 at 10:06 AM, Bob Carpenter
> <bcarpenter_tpc at bellsouth.net> wrote:
>> The "extra's" can't understand why "everybody" is not down there ! Might
>> help if someone would pick a freq. that all HF ham's could use. There answer
>> is get off your butt and up grade.
> I don't think that's it at all, Bob - particularly since there's
> virtually zero activity up in the General portion as well. Nor is the
> answer to "pick a freq.'" as that simply boxes us in and sets up
> expectations for the anti-AM crowd to insist 'get back where you
> belong'. Upgrading is always a plus (I'm only a lowly Advanced, my
> license class doesn't even exist anymore in the testing structure!)
> since it allows you full access to all amateur privileges, but at the
> end of that day - getting on the air and off the internet is the only
> way to improve activity - regardless of mode. The only 'radio season'
> is the one we choose to impose personally. Static and interference -
> intentional or otherwise - have always been an issue we've had to
> contend with.
> Those who want to operate will be on the air, those who just want to
> talk about it online will continue to do so.
> ~ Todd,  KA1KAQ/4


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