[AMRadio] band plan

Mike Sawyer w3slk at verizon.net
Wed Oct 30 23:18:19 EDT 2013

That's a shame Jim. There was a time when I could work Idaho with a barefoot 
Ranger. The antenna was nothing more than a cloud warmer 545' loop up about 
30'. I usually do not stray much about 75M anymore and I'm waiting for the 
winter to settle the weather for less QRN on the band. Hell, for grins, 
Duane, KK4AM and I ran FM on 160 a time or 2. It was neat but there was some 
phase distortion but different. Hell I think I cranked up the amp and ran 
1500 watts on FM.
Joe and I did some experimenting on the 4th of July during the last sunspot 
cycle just to see what effect it had. We still were able to have reliable 
communications in the middle of the day even when the band had it most 
absorption going on.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jim Wilhite" <w5jo at brightok.net>
Cc: "Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service" 
<amradio at mailman.qth.net>
Sent: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 11:07 PM
Subject: Re: [AMRadio] band plan

Down in our part of the world very few people operate AM on 160.  I have
tried in the past to get some activity stirred up to no avail.  I can hear
some stations East of Old Muddy on 1.885 but, for the most part, they are
weak here.  The stations on 1.985 are stronger but again some of them are

I don't wish to get into a conversation unless I can hear all stations so
that means I stay silent most of the time unless I have a schedule.  There
is a bunch in the mornings that operate near 1.917 that are located in the
Colorado, Nebraska area three times per week but that is all.

In the past few years a lot of SSB stations have begun to populate the band
and on quite nights they are almost every 3 KC.  You guys get up good
antennas for this winter.  It is a great band when things are quite or when
the propagation is good.  We shall see what this year holds.


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

>I heard Joe calling CQ one night last winter on 160 and for some
> reason, could not come back to him and very much regret it as I have
> never worked him.   I'd like to talk to him about his Temco rig with
> the 4-65 final.
> I am experimenting with small low noise (I hope) rx antennas for 160.
> Sadly we lost Bill KD0HG who was one of a few with a big signal on
> 160.   Being almost part of the AM broadcast band, I have always
> considered 160 to be THE band for AM and heavy metal rigs.
> Rob
> K5UJ

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