[AMRadio] another thought

Bernie Doran qedconsultants at embarqmail.com
Fri Mar 13 16:36:34 EDT 2009

I have been working the low end of 80, 3650 to 3725, for some time and find 
that I can get more nibbles to a CQ there than I can on 40 ssb, plus almost 
no qrm Bernie W8RPW
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Todd, KA1KAQ" <ka1kaq at gmail.com>
To: <wa3vjb at yahoo.com>; "Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service" 
<amradio at mailman.qth.net>
Sent: Friday, March 13, 2009 3:45 PM
Subject: Re: [AMRadio] another thought

> On Fri, Mar 13, 2009 at 3:00 PM, VJB <wa3vjb at yahoo.com> wrote:
>> What I was thinking, however, is the nice sound of a bunch of AM QSOs 
>> during events like the AM Bandwarming Party and Heavy Metal Rally. And, 
>> those times on 75m and 10m when conditions were SO good that they deserve 
>> a second listen.
>> We were arrayed politely every 10Kc or so, no complaints from 
>> incompatible modes, drawing pleasant attention and participation from 
>> others wishing to take part.
>> THAT's a classy way to maintain and further AM's presence on any band, 
>> anywhere.
> This is the only way to go IMO. Trying to 'claim' any frequency or
> otherwise reserve its use for a specific group not only makes us
> guilty of the very thing we complain about the trouble makers doing,
> it paints a target on our backs and invites problems. You can say 'but
> they're not allowed to legally do that' all day long, it won't change
> a thing. It's good to have some idea where to look, even better not to
> limit yourself.
> I credit the bandwarming party with really sparking much of the AM
> activity we now see down on 80m. Go there almost any afternoon and
> find 3-5 ongoing AM QSOs spread from 3733 well down below 3700. The
> biggest issue there, as well as on 40 or anywhere else, is getting
> folks offline and on the air to operate. It seems like most folks want
> someone else to start the party so that they can join in at their
> leisure and enjoy it.
> Remember the first couple months on 80 after the bands opened up,
> there was a lot of activity. But once the novelty wore off, many
> drifted back to the old ways. Thanks to those who use any open
> frequency and avoid the catfights above, 80 has a decent AM contingent
> below 3750. Hopefully 40 will see the same rebirth of activity with
> the ensuing excitement. A good example of what to expect is the number
> of new stations trying AM for the first time, and resulting converts
> from those nights we took the time to help them set up their new
> ricebox radio for decent AM.
> ~ Todd,  KA1KAQ/4
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