30 meter band...

Discussion in 'The DX Zone' started by W5BIB, May 21, 2018.

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  1. W5BIB

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    With the doldrums of the current solar cycle, I am constantly surprised by activity on 10 mhz. Today (05/21) I was listening around 10115-10110. Starting at 0036z I worked:

    0036z - W5IZ 599+
    0058z - VA3FOC 579/589
    Then the band seemed to kind of go away...

    0142z - K5SGE 589 dropping to 459
    The band seemed to be gone...

    I left my Tentec Century-22 (15 watts/40m OCF INV "L" dipole) on & monitoring around 10110. At 0313z, I started hearing signals from Europe beginning to build !!

    At 0313z - on 10110 - I QSO'd with RN3CT (Oleg) in Moscow with 579/579 reports exchanged !!!
    At 0322z - on 10111 - I QSO'd with RK3ER (Alex) in Orel, Russia with 579/559 reports exchanged !!!

    After over 57 years as a CW only operator, I never cease to be amazed at what is possible with patience & listening skills.

    I use a Tentec Century-22 w/a Drake MN7 tuner, & a 40m OCF INV "L" up about 15ft. with abt 15 watts output.

    By 0400z, the band had finally gone away for the day, for me.

    All of this activity from S.W. Alabama, near Bayou La Batre. (about 7 miles North of the Gulf-of-Mexico)

    P.S., Two days ago (19th @ 0131z) I worked SV2/RW3AL / Gene on 10111 @ 0131z (449 both ways) :)

    Steve / W5BIB
    Last edited: May 21, 2018
  2. KL7AJ

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    30 is the new 20
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  3. KQ0J

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    Great low power CW ( and Digital ) band. No lids, no kids, no space cadets.
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  4. VE7PJR

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    Love that band! I'm kind of optimized for it right now, but it never ceases to amaze. I notice it generally goes away around local sunset (or when the sun goes behind the mountain directly west of the house). That's about 0000Z, but I've had some good contacts after that before 80 opens up in the later evening.


    Chuck VE7PJR
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  5. K1TGX

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    giving away your age :)
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  6. KD4MOJ

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    One of my antennas is cut for just 30m... digital modes. Definitely a fave band.

  7. WA3YAY

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    I try to leave the receiver on and report to PSKreporter via WSJT-X. Usually I'm in the shack around 2AM fighting insomnia and see all sorts of DX coming through on 10M FT8. Amazing stuff.
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