|[AMRadio] Regarding Radio Moscow and 40 meters|
Mike Duke, K5XU
k5xu at comcast.net
Thu Feb 25 13:15:12 EST 2016
K4KYV wrote: "Remember back in the Cold-War days how they transmitted a
separate 60 dB over 9 signal every 15 kc/s all way across the entire
40m band? :-)"
Absolutely! Radio Moscow, BBC, and VOA all had transmitters everywhere
I had a 40 meter Novice crystal. They would take turns making my Novice
life challenging from mid afternoon through nearly daylight.
Then, I came up with the silly notion of getting a crystal for 7157.
That simply meant I would get hammered from BC stations on both 7155
and 7160 at the same time.
Somehow, despite all that racket, I managed to get 38 states confirmed
and 45 states worked on 40 meters as a Novice.
Later, as a General class licensee who couldn't see the dial scale,
Radio Prague, which transmitted for years on 7305, made a wonderful
edge marker for the top of the band. Their signal was loud enough and
wide enough that there was no way I could get too close to the band
edge. And if I did, nobody could hear me anyway when Prague was transmitting.
Once the BC stations moved out of the 7100 - 7200 range, many people
discovered what had been a relatively well kept secret: 40 meters is
probably our best overall HF band. It is almost always open to
somewhere, and can usually provide local area coverage during the day
and early evening as well as DX.
And, remember when a 2 element 40 meter beam automatically made you a
"big gun?" Now, I'm amazed by the number of 4 element, and stacked 4
element arrays that I encounter on 40.
But take heart; there are still plenty of us using an inverted V. Some
of us don't have any better sense than to think we can hold our own
with the big boys. Most of the time, we do okay. At least, we have fun trying!
Mike Duke, K5XU
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