Anybody have an actual QSO yet?

Discussion in 'The Low Bands - 630/2200 Meters - VLF' started by K3RW, Feb 26, 2018.

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  1. WA3ETD

    WA3ETD Ham Member QRZ Page

    It's a night time band. 1600z a bit early...tune around 475+ kHz around 2300-0000z and you'll
    hear things...GL!

    John WA3ETD
     
  2. KM3F

    KM3F Ham Member QRZ Page

    I am in Eastern, Pa. and nightly tune in WSM Nashville, Tenn. 650.
    There is usually long term QSB.
    Could this be a used as an indication of possible propagation on 475?
     
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  3. K8JD

    K8JD Ham Member QRZ Page

    Try tuning in WWL New Orleans, on 870.
    It's usually interference free here in MI at night.
     
  4. 2E0ILY

    2E0ILY Ham Member QRZ Page

    N1BUG in Maine USA and myself 2E0ILY here in Shropshire, England, UK had a two way QSO on 2200 meters the other week. A first for two conventionally licensed hams across the big pond. My set up is a modded W1VD 1kW amp driven by a QRP Labs U3S exciter into a big horizontal loop aerial that I use for HF, but with the vertical ladder line feeder strapped at the base as the vertical element with the loop acting as a capacitive "top hat". I also use that as the RX aearial. We regularly see each other using WSPR2, WSPR15 and JT-9. My receiver is a Red Pitaya or a modded Softrock. N1BUG uses a home brew Class E amp of about 400 Watt, I think, and a modded Softrock receiver on a low noise vertical RX aerial.

    Timestamp Call MHz SNR Drift Grid Pwr Reporter RGrid km az
    2018-04-18 00:24 2E0ILY 0.137550 -22 0 IO82qv 0.5 N1BUG FN55mf 4731 287
    2018-04-18 00:36 2E0ILY 0.137550 -25 0 IO82qv 0.5 N1BUG FN55mf 4731 287
    2018-04-18 01:24 2E0ILY 0.137550 -27 0 IO82qv 0.5 N1BUG FN55mf 4731 287
    2018-04-18 01:36 2E0ILY 0.137550 -24 0 IO82qv 0.5 N1BUG FN55mf 4731 287
    2018-04-18 02:12 2E0ILY 0.137550 -26 0 IO82qv 0.5 N1BUG FN55mf 4731 287
    2018-04-18 02:24 2E0ILY 0.137550 -27 0 IO82qv 0.5 N1BUG FN55mf 4731 287
    2018-04-18 03:00 2E0ILY 0.137550 -27 0 IO82qv 0.5 N1BUG FN55mf 4731 287
    2018-04-18 04:24 2E0ILY 0.137550 -27 0 IO82qv 0.5 N1BUG FN55mf 4731 287
    2018-04-18 04:48 2E0ILY 0.137550 -27 0 IO82qv 0.5 N1BUG FN55mf 4731 287
    2018-04-18 05:00 2E0ILY 0.137550 -31 0 IO82qv 0.5 N1BUG FN55mf 4731 287
    2018-04-18 00:24 2E0ILY 0.137550 -26 0 IO82qv 0.5 EB8ARZ/2 IL18uk 2942 208
    2018-04-18 00:48 2E0ILY 0.137550 -26 0 IO82qv 0.5 EB8ARZ/2 IL18uk 2942 208
    2018-04-18 01:12 2E0ILY 0.137550 -26 0 IO82qv 0.5 EB8ARZ/2 IL18uk 2942 208
    2018-04-18 01:24 2E0ILY 0.137550 -29 0 IO82qv 0.5 EB8ARZ/2 IL18uk 2942 208
    2018-04-18 04:48 2E0ILY 0.137550 -24 0 IO82qv 0.5 EB8ARZ/2 IL18uk 2942 208
    2018-04-18 00:00 2E0ILY 0.137550 -23 0 IO82qv 0.5 SM3LNM JP82qg 1572 41
    2018-04-18 00:12 2E0ILY 0.137550 -23 1 IO82qv 0.5 SM3LNM JP82qg 1572 41
     
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  5. 2E0ILY

    2E0ILY Ham Member QRZ Page

    I should have said that the mode was DFCW
     
  6. NC0B

    NC0B Ham Member QRZ Page

    Reply as to actual QSOs, and another question about equipment.

    I have worked 24 states, including Hawaii, Alaska and Maine from Colorado. I have two FT8 Qs, a handful of CW contacts and one daytime local 45 minute SSB QSO. Everything else is JT9. The WSPR guys are on all the time, though I rarely decode that mode.

    If you have a 160 meter antenna, you can work 630 meters. I use an Icom 7300 and a Monitor Sensors transverter that converts 160m to 630m. The transverter puts out 50 watts. We need more hams on 630m and certainly more states active. 73, Rob, NC0B
     
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  7. N8AFT

    N8AFT Subscriber QRZ Page

    OK Rob, You now have my full attention... I looked up the transverter, now tell me about your TX antenna Please.
    I have a Cushcraft 160m vert here.
    Please tell us more....
     
  8. K3RW

    K3RW Ham Member QRZ Page

    Neato--hadn't seen that transverter before. The MARS mod on the 7100 opens up both bands, but I'm wary of actually trying it.
     
  9. DL3JJ

    DL3JJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hallo together,
    just building some equipment for 630m.
    Next winter will start with my 160m vertical .
    Hope to catch some stations and for activity on that band.
    cu on 630 !
    Ralf / DL3JJ / DP5A
     
  10. KJ4ADN

    KJ4ADN Ham Member QRZ Page

    Just ordered the 630m & 2200m transverters from Monitor Systems, hope to have it *before* field day! One of my daughters (KJ4AUW - "Peaches") is probably going to work one of the bands with her IC-7300, over a 160m dipole. (...dang, when these kids get on-the-air, they can keep you so busy supporting them, you stay-off-the-air!).

    We're in a nice "electrically quiet" area, so interference is seldom a problem (other than thunderstorms). When you mentioned SSB, are you talking PHONE contacts...? Or some other mode?

    ...and, are you using a 160 vertical, a dipole, marconi, or something other than a 1/4wl vertical with a capacitance hat or ?? We have 27 acres, and options for adding antennas.
    KJ4ADN - Bill
     

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