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How Close Would You Like to Live to Another Ham on HF

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by N4UP, Dec 28, 2012.

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  1. N4UP

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    This is not really a technical question, but more a matter of perception. How close ( or how far away ) would you prefer to be from another ham active on HF?

    Currently my nearest HF neighbor is 1.2 miles away ( LOS ) and although he has a strong signal on HF there is no problem with us working the same band at the same time.

    I'm looking for a new QTH, where I can replace my indoor dipoles with a tower and a much more directional antenna. A month ago, I found a somewhat attractive QTH with a next door neighbor who is active on HF ( thank goodness for the searchable database ). I didn't buy the property for a whole host of reasons, one of which was that I wouldn't feel comfortable being that close to someone who is active on HF.

    Now I am considering another, more attractive QTH, and I am mapping every ham QTH within the zip code using MapQuest.

    So. If you had a choice, and if you were very active, averaging 30 HF QSOs a day, what would be your preferred minimum distance from another ham active on HF?

    Or wouldn't it matter to you?

  2. WA6MHZ

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    I have found that being close to another ham, no matter HOW GOOD your rig is, means that when he is on with a kilowatt, your rig will be desensed if not blasted. I get blasted by my beacon and it is only 25W. I can remember the days back in the 80s, I had another ham not really that close to me, but I just had to turn the rig off when he was on the air. The rig was rendered completely useless.

    Luckily, I am the only active ham up here in Crest, so no problems up here. There are several others licensed but I never hear them on the air. Maybe with a rig like the FT5K, playing with attenuators could reduce the desensing by nearby hams, but most likely not. So I don't mind living near other hams as long as they aren't on the air with a Kilowatt!
  3. W5INC

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    If we are talking about a good looking, single and rich YL who works HF, the closer the better. For the old crummegeons that are on HF, the further the better. :eek:

    It would depend on who the OP is of the HF station you are moving close to, when considering proximity to another AR OP. If you moved next door to a open minded, easy to get along with person there wouldn't be a problem. Move close to a idiot that his self centered at best, you might just run into some problems. Good Luck on finding a QTH that works for you. :)
  4. N2ADV

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    I live within a few miles of 5 or 6 folks active on HF. I have run into several of them on various bands usually in response to a CQ I have sent out on phone. I spend most of my time on CW and Digital modes so I rarely see anyone local there. Other than that, I never even know they are there.
  5. AC4BB

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    Sometimes"Would you isn't a choice."
  6. AF6LJ

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    If I can walk to that ham's house that ham is too close.
  7. N6OIL

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    Also watch out for "those" 11 meter folks!
  8. N9ZMO

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    Right now, where I'm loving there are hams about 2 miles from me. There are two of them, one very active. When we move 'Up Nort' as it were, there won't be any within 25 miles.
  9. KE3FG

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    Tell me about it! When **ww is on for a contest, about 5 miles from me, fuhgeddabouit.
  10. KA4DPO

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    I live less than a mile from another ham who runs a big gun contest station. I have never had any problems whatsoever although I can sometimes hear the AGC thumping during contests. I have tuned him in a couple of times and listened to him with the antenna switch open and I can copy him 40 over on a four foot piece of ladder line.

    I wish I had his antennas.
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