When HF is Quiet

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  1. M1MRB

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    ICQ Podcast Episode 283

    In this episode, Martin M1MRB is joined by Chris Howard M0TCH, Martin Rothwell M0SGL, Dan Romanchik KB6NU, Ed Durrant DD5LP and Frank Howell K4FMH to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radio news. Colin M6BOY rounds up the news in brief and this episode’s feature is When HF is Quiet.


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  2. SE3X

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    When HF is quiet on SSB .. I go for CW or FT8 .. Adapt and Overcome :)
    K2MOB, VK5GG, K3LU and 13 others like this.
  3. N4UP

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    With decent antennas HF is never ( entirely ) quiet. There is always a band open to somewhere.

    There is never a lack of propagation. But it might be different than we are accustomed to. So we adapt to conditions. And we overcome our own limitations.
    DL6BCX, KC1FUU, KN4PWL and 16 others like this.
  4. SE3X

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    And when everything, yes everything, goes south .. Then we go for D-Star ..
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  5. K1LKP

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  6. WA6AM

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    When HF is quiet, call CQ. Done. Now go make some noise.
    KC1FUU, KN4PWL, KD2PUW and 6 others like this.
  7. N7KO

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    Does the term the tail wagging the Dog say any thing. I mean You look at the propagation map, it shows bands are closed, so you slumber off and watch TV all night. START TRANSMITTING be the one to open the bands. When you walk down to your fishing hole and on your way you walk by a fisherman walking back to his truck, you ask how is the fishing, he responds there not biting today, do you turn around with your tail between your legs and walk back to your truck and go home?, not if you are a fisherman.
    I mean you just gotta give it a try, after all getting your line wet is half the fun. The same is true if you are a true Amateur Radio Operator. NEVER GIVE UP, we are out there just waiting to bite.
    KN4PWL, K0WJ, NH7RO and 11 others like this.
  8. NN2X

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    When HF is quiet on SSB - I am on JS8 (FT8 with QSO), or Olivia.

    DX Plenty on JS8...Olivia domestic

    C U on Bands, NN2X, TOM
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  9. KC5TJS

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    I noticed today the band report said poor conditions on 80/40 meters but I heard several qso's across the 40 meter band. If it says it's dead...talk anyway. I don't think that thing is always right. If you put your call out and no one comes back...try again in a few and try up or down the band somewhere else.
    KC1FUU, KN4PWL, KJ7MX and 8 others like this.
  10. W7OUN

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    same thing here..... band conditions said "poor" for 20 meters; I worked numerous stations across the US and one Japan station ON MY MOBILE !!! Band was a little less active and a bit more noisy, but both 40 and 20 worked well just the same.
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