[AMRadio] AM 75- 80 meters


Bill McCourt - WF1L wemccourt at yahoo.com
Sun Sep 27 21:04:59 EDT 2009


Hi Group,

Name here is Bill and I am essentially a newbie to AM Operating.  I've just completed assembly of my vintage AM station and have spen time fruitlessly calling CQ on 7.290 and 7.160 when I can get in between the SSB lids.  Was able to finally complete a QSO with Warren, W1GUD down in Tampa tonight on 7.155 as he was wrapping up a round table with a couple other guys that the QRN and QRM was keeping me from copying.

I'll be out there only on 40 until I can get my long wire antenna back up then 80/160 will be open to me as well.

Watch for me.  I'm running a Johnson Viking 1 and an HQ 170-A from up here near DC.

73

Bill-WF1L
Reston, VA

--- On Sun, 9/27/09, Rob Atkinson <ranchorobbo at gmail.com> wrote:

From: Rob Atkinson <ranchorobbo at gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [AMRadio] AM 75- 80 meters
To: "Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service" <amradio at mailman.qth.net>
Date: Sunday, September 27, 2009, 12:27 PM

Hi Bernie,

I heard u in a qso this a.m. with WA3MJY and enjoyed reading the mail
and was gg to jump in and relay to da botayas that u were trying to
tell each other that the other guy had faded out but didn't get to the
rig before another QSO came up out of the aether...but anyway if some
sort of effort is made to populate 3.6 to 3.7 I'll give it a try--I
think the so called "am window" is used because there's a safety in
numbers notion and maybe a lot of the guys have their dipoles cut for
the top of 75 and/or have xtals up there (yes a few run rock bound
stuff) in addition to the other reasons.  I know a few hams who don't
want to upgrade now that there is no code test.  But yes, there's some
nice clear real estate down there below 3700.

I tried to do my part to keep 7160 open this morning; tried calling cq
and found someone already there on LSB, so I qsy up to 7165 which
sounded clear for a few khz up and down and ran 300 w. and had a great
qso with Kevin WB0JZG but the SSB gang was getting restless and when
we wrapped it up some UFL (that's unidentified flying lid) preached a
nice sermonette and finished by telling us if we want broadcast audio
to go buy broadcast stations.  On the other hand I got this very nice
email a few minutes ago from a ham who I won't identify because he may
not like my forwarding his email to a reflector so I'll just put in
the text:

"I was monitoring 7.165 sunday morning and heard you and WB0JZG in
qso. I wish to congratulate you on your AM station and the broadcast
quality signal heard on sunday morning - very nice S9 + 10 carrier
with fantastic audio. Also your qrz bio was informative and humorus at
the same time. Enjoyable to read. In fone I operate mostly SSB but AM
adds spice, variety and enjoyment to my operating activities. I was
listening to you both on a restored Collins 75 A1. My AM transmitter
is a Collins 32 V2 with 2 channel EQ to give added mid range to base
generated by the Collins. I have made AM contacts on my Icom 7800 and
alpha 89. More fun using the Collins on AM."

Well, that made my day especially after I saw the subject line which
was "Your AM signal" in my in-box and I got geared up for a flame from
some p.o. s/b operator!

73

Rob K5UJ
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