[AMRadio] Antenna issues.

K5MYJ macklinbob at gmail.com
Tue Jul 8 11:24:51 EDT 2014


On contest days I hear a lot. I have copied Russia, Japan, Scandinavia, and 
the Caribbean. I can copy the Midwest and East Coast. But I hear very little 
from the West Coast.

The Reverse Beacons work well for CW and RTTY. But I get the feeling we are 
really seeing a lack of CW activity here on the West Coast.

I also believe the further north you go the worse things get.

The Northwest AM group went dormant several years ago. And the So Cal AM 
group does not make it here to Seattle with a useable signal level.

Ten years ago the activity here was much better.

I just don't see new people entering HF here in the PNW. They are all into 
2M repeaters and EMCOMM. Not what I think of as real ham radio.

Bob Macklin
Seattle, Wa.
"Real Radios Glow In The Dark"

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "rbethman" <rbethman at comcast.net>
To: <amradio at mailman.qth.net>
Sent: Tuesday, July 08, 2014 7:53 AM
Subject: Re: [AMRadio] Antenna issues.

> Bob,
> It appears to be more a regional issue.
> I don't have to hang out much of anything for an antenna here on the East 
> coast - Virginia, and I can go from band to band and here activity.
> You are in an RF hole being tucked away just a bit from the mountains. 
> That has to be a big issue for you to overcome.
> Plus you have antenna restrictions to boot.
> The XYL and I already know pretty well where we are going to move when we 
> retire.  We are going back home to Georgia.  I never had any issues down 
> there with hearing and/or talking to folks.
> Didn't need anything fancy either!
> Bob - N0DGN
> On 7/8/2014 10:40 AM, K5MYJ wrote:
>> In the late 60's, early 70's I live in an apartment where a HF antenna 
>> was not possible. But I was able to work 2M AM on a coaxial dipole hung 
>> from the second floor rain gutter. It worked well for local activity.
>> 2M AM is now HISTORY and it seems most 2M FM activity is on the 
>> repeaters.
>> What does a modern ham start with? The cheapest solution is a 2M FM 
>> transceiver.
>> There are no HF transceivers (that I know of) available under $500.
>> In THE OLD DAYS we would start with a GC receiver and a HB transmitter. 
>> We learned our CW that way. As time went on we would upgrade the receiver 
>> and the transmitter as funds would allow.
>> That method of getting started does not seem possible anymore for 
>> I started with  S-38 ( the original with a REAL BFO) and a HB 6AG7/807 
>> transmitter from a mid 50's handbook.
>> Is HF radio in decline? I don't see much HF activity here in Seattle 
>> except on contest days. And I use the Reverse Beacons to monitor CW 
>> activity. But they don't work well for AM or SSB.
>> I'm not the only one in this area that does not see much activity. And I 
>> do have some decent receivers.
>> Bob Macklin
>> K5MYJ
>> Seattle, Wa.
>> "Real Radios Glow In The Dark"
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