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U.S, "DX".......LOL!

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  1. KA5LQJ

    KA5LQJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Glory, Haileluia!

    I turned on my Icom 706 Mark II-G radio and tuned down to lower 37 (27.375).
    It was about 2 PM local time. At first, I heard the background noise, then the
    signal came up form a guy in California talking to his wife. So, I tuned up to
    28.365 and a few signals got through. I'm using a plug-in, behind-the-set,
    CB antenna tuned for 10 meters. The wife was taking a nap, so I didn't dare
    talk or listen louder, but 10 meters was open for a bit, faded out, then 30
    minutes later came back again!

    Accordiing to the DX Sunspot count, 10 meters is supposed to be "active" in
    the morning, falling off to "bad" at night. I just hope the DX gods would get
    their act together and get 17, 12, 10, & 6 meters open all day & night, LOL!
    I'm really impatient with Cycle 24 in wanting the bands to open up, however
    I'll just have to be more quiet and wait.


    Ten/Ten International
  2. K0RGR

    K0RGR Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    I think I need to go inspect my antennas. The SFI is high enough that 10 should be open, but I'm not even hearing beacons. I do hear some loud signals on 15, but 12 and 10 are kaput so far, and that's on both of my HF antennas. The only reason I'm not tearing them all down looking for trouble is that I don't see any spots on PSK Reporter or WSPR involving other stations in Minnesota. I can only conclude that Minnesota is in a 10 meter free zone.
  3. KJ3N

    KJ3N Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yes, the SFI is up, but so is the A index. Last time I checked, it was 23. I think it was 28 earlier in the day.

    You might want to give it a little time....
  4. KJ3N

    KJ3N Ham Member QRZ Page

    Forget what I said. The A index is now up to 33! Yikes!
  5. KD8FYI

    KD8FYI Ham Member QRZ Page

    And the SFI is falling!

  6. W4PG

    W4PG Super Moderator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    Lousy conditions today! Nothing worth listening to at all.
  7. KD8FYI

    KD8FYI Ham Member QRZ Page

    And the SFI is falling faster than the A index.
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2012
  8. KA5LQJ

    KA5LQJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    You from "Lake Woebegone?" LOL!

    Might be that some of those Norweign Bachelor Farmers have plowed up your radials planting those Spring crops, Ho,Ho, Ho, Green Giant.....LOL!

    I've been at this Radio/Electronics business for 55 years. First with BCB listening, then SWLing, then CB Radio, got my 2nd class Commercial ticket, worked at an FM station for a year, then went to work for Western Electric, and so on. I never learned about all those indices, instead, I turned the radio on and listened to see where the signals were coming in from. I've even worked some backscatter on 10 meters getting 10-10 numbers, LOL! I'm nearly 66 years old to to old to try and learn that mess. I'll continue to 'rag-chew' and really enjoy the folks I speak with. :D

  9. WB4WHJ

    WB4WHJ Subscriber QRZ Page

    DX for me is being able to make a contact across the street!
    Bo Wb4whj
  10. G0GQK

    G0GQK Ham Member QRZ Page

    To be any good the A and K have to be below 5 and the last few weeks have been exceptionally high. The SFI is no indication of conditions. I watched a TV documentary about the Sun and sunspots a few days ago and all they were telling viewers was about what happened when the power got closed down in Montreal years ago. No information useful for ham radio other than scientists cannot understand why the sunspots are not ionising the upper atmosphere.
    The fact is the sun isn't producing what is required and hasn't done so for many years now
    Radio conditions in the America's and now Africa are far, far better than the rest of the world. Nobody seems to have an answer
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