[AMRadio] 40 mtr AM open

Kim Elmore cw_de_n5op at sbcglobal.net
Wed Oct 22 12:47:25 EDT 2014

I agree. I bristle at the idea of an AM "ghetto."  That said, knowing where to find AM activity is handy. We could create a "calling frequency," but that never works because once a QSO is established on a calling frequency, no one ever moves off of it. Sigh. 

Kim N5OP

"People that make music together cannot be enemies, at least as long as the music lasts." -- Paul Hindemith

> On Oct 22, 2014, at 11:35, "Donald Chester" <k4kyv at charter.net> wrote:
> We must remain aware that other 40m frequencies exist besides 7285-90-95.
> The broadcasters have thinned out in  recent years, to the point that
> swathes of QRM-free open space can often be found between 7200 and 7280,
> particularly around 7225, even during peak evening operating hours in N.
> America. 
> The most obnoxious broadcaster ever has to be that one that comes on at 0400
> GMT on 7295, starting off with nerve-grating martial sounding music and
> then switching to a middle eastern language  with Islamic prayer call. That
> thing's lower sideband wipes out everything above 7280. I  wonder if anyone
> has figured out where it comes from. Their signal practically paralyses the
> front end of my receiver.
> And, we mustn't forget the longtime AM operating frequency in the vicinity
> of 7160. It was pretty much abandoned as the broadcasters gradually crowded
> out amateur activity in that part of the band during the 80s, but when most
> broadcast stations vacated 7100-7200 a few years ago, a substantial amount
> of AM activity quickly returned. Unfortunately, once the initial novelty
> wore off, AMers gradually, one at a time, migrated back to their old
> stomping grounds and AM activity began to dwindle. Now, it is rare to hear
> any AM activity at all near that frequency other than some operation out of
> 5-land during the daylight hours. 
> The same thing happened in the lower end of 75m after the FCC expanded the
> phone band.
> Don k4kyv
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