Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by G4TUT, Jul 8, 2019.
I will be on 2 meter sideband,144.210
I think what has changed most in 2 meters is the purpose why it is used? I remember when local repeaters were mainly for safety, aiding and directions for travelers and was monitored more locally by many for that reason..Because traveling was my profession , I used 2 meters a lot and many times came upon accidents or emergency help situations and 2 meters was the best available service for those situations many times. There were very few squelch tones and you could access repeaters while traveling without having to stop and key in a code. But.. Now nearly everyone packs an HT called cell phone that has better access and is the more accepted emergency communication.. The deference was that 2 meters was actually more of a necessary utility for safety and wellbeing to now as just a hobby for locals.
You guys know there's a WHOLE heap of activity on 2m EME? And then there's WSPR. And activity begets activity ;-)
One thing I found when I became a Technician was that there were several others that were unable to make the 13 wpm. some claimed tone def, didn't retry and such. But these seemed content with where they were and put their effort in SSB, towers and beans and such and there was a fair amount of activity then. I had a wide area route then and some would experiment with me and have made some astounding long distance contacts on 52 for 2 FM and in some on thought of places. Before cell phone 2 meters was manly for safety and help for travelers and was always monitored then. I came up on many accidents and help situations while out on the road and 2 meters then had the best coverage and the best for emergency notification many times. Later when i had put an HR 2510 in the truck I found a large number of technicians when the sun spots were high that were active CB's also and claimed to be happy with their license as it is. So 13 wpm actually helped build VHF/UHF some back then. There is still a fair amount of activity yet here but it isn't the necessary utility for safety and aid for travelers and mainly just locals as a hobby. When it is just something to do often there are other things to do..
you could be more successful if you use a tracking program... online amsat.org.ar/pass.htm is very easy to use, click the "FM Voice" link on the right for those specific sats
I was doing tracking using a Radio Shack computer back in the late70s and 80s.
But when I'm driving down the road or just setting in the ham Shack, it's exciting to me to hear signals come up on frequency and then be ready to work them. Back when the early RS Russian satellites were up, that was before most anybody had tracking programs, we would do the same thing, just sit there and listen for the beacons!!!! Everybody tells me I need to use the tracking program, (which of course I have) but I don't care, to me it's just like working HF. You never know what the propagation is and it's always a surprise. And now there's plenty of satellites up, to work.
Salam From Indonesia.
In Indonesia 2m band is Very Popular in here, my Freq is 143.220
-- Yea, I remember Sputnik..? Beep Beep. Beep..
I took the time the throw our my call on 52 a few times and heard nothing, nothing, nothing. There is a group trying to ''make 52 great again'' but it evidently isn't working here. But The ole channel 19 CB is just as dead here where it was once very lively? Probably because nearly everyone packs an HT called cell phone anymore?
Oh yeah, where and when ?
I'm in NJ and don't hear a thing on 2 SSB.
Years ago SSB was huge, now nothing.
So where, what freq, and when.