[AMRadio] Effort afoot to "reclaim" 3600-3700 CW subband

Jim Wilhite w5jo at brightok.net
Fri Jan 9 09:19:46 EST 2009

Bob, if I hear you I will talk to you no matter what kind of rig you 
use.  I don't care.

Sometimes the problems are that guys get on after work which means 
most of us.  So all tune to the 3.870 - 3.890 segment and make a 
call.  Sitting in the middle of the country I hear it all the time. 
A group in your neighborhood will have a QSO going on and someone 
here fires up about 5 PM to call CQ or another local ham on the same 
frequency.  I regularly hear up to 6 QSOs between 3.880 and 3.890. 
Why do we do that?

Some of it is habit.  Another reason is that those of us who are 
Extra wish to talk to those who are General Class and it is the 
known gathering area.  But there is no reason we can't move after 
making contact.  General class guys can move down to 3.8, so why not 
find an empty place and have another QSO going elsewhere, I don't 

Some of the guys on this reflector have urged moving to other 
segments of the band, particularly 3.6 to 3.7, but no one seems to 
follow.  I do hope you will break the mold and not feel that anyone 
wants to ostracize you for your equipment.


----- Original Message ----- 

> Every body that wants to run A.M. go ahead and move down to the 
> extra band,
> then don't ask why A.M. is a dying mode !! A lot of "working 
> stiff" still
> have to work 40 to 60 hrs a week, and for what ever reason don't 
> have our
> "extra" but I really love A.M.
> Got to say, I'm beginning to feel like it's a one way relationship 
> , you
> see. I'm not retired yet, and no I don't have a room full of old 
> tube
> xmitters (but would love to have )Do have a old DX 40 that I'm 
> close to
> getting on the air, and a three tube 811 amp, that may allow me to 
> get into
> a short QSO with some of you. It's really sad that in order to be 
> "in the
> group" you've got to run a tube xmitter and a amp, at 300 to 800 
> watts,
> other wise, your just noise, and something to be tolerated with a 
> short
> reply, and then move on to another "big rig" sounding station.
> This will most likely be my last post, sorry about the bitter 
> mood, just
> letting my feeling show I guess. Maybe after the bands get better 
> in a few
> years, I can have a little A.M. fun on 10 & 20 meters.
> A.M.,,,,,,,the EXTRA mode
> Bob Carpenter

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