I hear beacons!

Discussion in 'QRP Corner' started by KC3JIN, Jun 8, 2018.

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  1. KC3JIN

    KC3JIN Ham Member QRZ Page

    Have been operating from a park near my home (EL29KV) because the new job allows me plenty of time off.

    Two days ago on a STL I heard K4JEE/B, 571 miles away. Yesterday on a wire in a tree I managed to hear WA6APQ/B, 1380-some miles off. Both were on 10 meters, both running less than 30w to vertical antennas. This is a good reminder (for me too!) That bands do open, and there isnt much that'll match actually turning on your radio!
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  2. K8JD

    K8JD Ham Member QRZ Page

    Ten M has unpredictable and sometimes brief, E openings, and beacons, sometimes, are the only way to know if the band is open. Another trick is listening to 27 MHz band , it is a lot busier than ham bands.
  3. KB7PWJ

    KB7PWJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    THIS. You gotta get on to know what's out there. Forty years ago we called it "deadbanding", but that's a term -- and a sport -- I haven't heard about in decades.

    The great drawback to all the conditions reports we can access these days is it dissuades us from even trying when the official thumbs are down.

    First, that means we miss out on lots of great QSOs that don't happen to be DX. Everything that glitters is not DX. Some of the most memorable contacts I've had were domestic -- including an exhilarating two-hour ragchew with a fellow five miles away I'd never met, on 20m groundplane, in the middle of a raging sunstorm. We were both so into working the far side of the planet we literally didn't know the other one existed over there, right next door.

    And second, if I had a nickel for every time I've called on a "dead" band... only to have DX fall right on my head. Conditions change second to second. It's entirely possible -- common, even -- for flash openings to hook you up long enough to trade reports. OM might be gone next time you sign over, but those few seconds are thrilling.

    Heck, just check your RBN reports. You're getting out. I routinely get pinned on the East Coast, pumping 8W forward to a random wire on a "closed" band from here on the West Coast. Only reason nobody answers is because the band is "dead".

    And the only reason the band is dead is because no-one answers.
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  4. KC3JIN

    KC3JIN Ham Member QRZ Page

    So when 27mhz goes from a bucket of lobsters on cocaine to a whole swimming pool..... Well I suppose it makes sense :)

    I've never been spotted on RBN, and frankly I wonder if it's because I'm too QRS (call as fast as you can hear, right, so for me that's right around 10wpm) or maybe my fist stinks!

    Maybe the other lesson is to set up on accepted calling freqs and give a holler. Better odds that way.
  5. KD8ZM

    KD8ZM Ham Member QRZ Page

    One way to find out is to send code to a computer program and see if it can decode you accurately. If it can't, your fist is the issue; but fear not, that can be corrected.

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