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

Bob Carpenter bcarpenter_tpc at bellsouth.net
Fri Jan 9 13:58:46 EST 2009

I want to thanks all of you for your thoughts and advice. Rev Don, Jim,
John, Thomas, & Pete.
 Most all kind comments, and well meaning. First, yes Todd I'm on the air ,
do a lot of listening in the "ghetto" as it's called. I guess my location
here in Jacksonville Fl. Allows for a north and west listing area, and a few
A.M. nets that I do check in on every now and then. A quick check of my call
on QRZ.com and a picture of the station can be seen, as well as comments
regarding my love for A.M. I do have some success at 40 watt level and can
run a small solid state amp. That gives me a good 100 watt key down with 120
to 150 voice peaks. I'm using a 160 meter dipole at 50ft with 450 ohm latter
and a Johnson match box.
My whole comment this morning was directed at the A.M. stations giving up
the range of 3880 to 3990 and moving down to a more comfortable and clearer
location .(really can't fault them ) just felt abandoned I guess.
I just need to en-gauge brain and up grade but at the same time, would hope
for more activity in the southeast on 3885 with some of the big guy's moving
down 3880 or even 3875, just start working on a bigger hole in the "ghetto"
and not give it up, there will always be generals.

Bob Carpenter
bcarpenter_tpc at bellsouth.net

-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:amradio-bounces at mailman.qth.net] On Behalf Of Todd, KA1KAQ
Sent: Friday, January 09, 2009 1:05 PM
To: Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service
Subject: Re: [AMRadio] Effort afoot to "reclaim" 3600-3700 CW subband

On Fri, Jan 9, 2009 at 9:18 AM, Bob Carpenter
<bcarpenter_tpc at bellsouth.net> wrote:
> Every body that wants to run A.M. go ahead and move down to the extra
> 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.

AM isn't a dying mode from where I sit, it's one of the few modes that
seems to be gaining in activity through new interest. Many of us who
have worked down in th 80m portion of the expanded phone band have
worked many newcomers trying out their Yaecomwood radios on AM for the
first time. In fact, a couple days back I heard a 4 Lander using SSB
break into a group on 3733 who then helped him make the switch to AM
mode. He was trying out an Icom 781 and IIRC, it was his first AM
contact ever. He hung in there for quite a while and did say he'd be
back for more.

> 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
> 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.

Bob, where are you getting your info? Are you on the air at all? If
so, you must realize that some of the strongest, best sounding signals
out there are guys running Class E solid state rigs, or Flex radios as
Pete mentions. There is no doubt that if you're going to hang around
up in the AM ghetto area at night, you're going to need to run some
decent power and have a decent signal to be heard. But that's been the
case as long as I can remember, it's nothing new. The 'new' thing is
that we now have additional spectrum to stretch out and enjoy instead
of trying to all squeeze into a few "popular" frequencies. You should
be embracing this, not complaining about it.

I've been a 'working stiff' too, through most of my amateur career and
through all my upgrades. There was never time to practice the code or
study for me either, unless *I* made the time. Once it became a
priority for me and not just a passing interest, there was plenty of
time. Funny how that works.

> A.M.,,,,,,,the EXTRA mode

Huh. I'm only an Advanced. Maybe I should feel bad for myself too?
Nah, the energy could be better spent working on upgrading. Too many
folks seem to want the luxury of amateur radio being on their terms,
whenever they happen to turn on the radio it should just be happening
in a place where they can enjoy it. Hopefully more are realizing that
*they* are amateur radio, in this case the AMers who will make a
difference if they're on the air instead of online. Other than some
weekly AM net and the rare QSO, I'm amazed at how little local AM
activity I hear since moving to 4 Land. Plenty of 1,2, and 3 Landers,
with 8s and 5s in there too. It's almost like that Verizon dead zone

Let's do something positive about it, Bob. I'll make you a deal: you
upgrade (much easier these days) and I'll get some wires back up in
the air, then we can both be part of the solution. I do need to
reorganize my priorities from all that moving/domestic stuff back to
radio and fun activities.

~ Todd,  KA1KAQ/4
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