It has been ten years since I've been on the air. #I came back to this hobby in Feburary of 2002. #I've listened to all the frequency's that we amateur's are givin to transmit on. #10 meters, 15 meters, ect., and one question keeps coming to mind. #WHERE IS EVERYONE? #Back in 1992, you couldn't go 20HZ without hearing someone. #Today?
I'm here almost all day, almost everyday.
I have no life. Never really needed one.
Try 7.110 during the day. Or 3.720 during the evenings.
Oh, but listen for the New Jersey Slow Net around 6:30pm, don't want to get in the way of that.
73, Jim - kc2jca
Lately, the band conditions have not been that good a good part of the day. I have been looking at 10 meters from time-to-time (am away from home right now and only have a 10 meter mobile plus VHF FM) and the beacons are not coming in. Therefore, the band is not open, unlike a lot of the time when everyone is listening and no one is transmitting.
I would echo Glen's comments.
The bands have been flatter than a pancake lately. I've been on vacation all this week, and the bands higher than 20 meters are completely dead. This is due to the various solar events that have been hitting us.
Hopefully, things will improve in about a month. The summer doldrums have been especially bad this year.
Hang in there!
Yep, the high bands are dead as a doornail up here near Seattle (CN88)... and I've recently had time to build new 10m antennas specifically for the December 10m contest... but can't test them! It's driving me nuts (a short trip).
I also got back on the air after a long break right in the very middle of the last sunspot dip -- I thought my receiver hadn't made it through the storage!
Hang on, fall conditions will arrive and we'll all hear the CBers on 10m again.
The bands have been pretty bad lately, but also, 2 meter activity has fallen off of late.
EVERY activity goes through lulls or low spots. Club participation is way down too. My local club used to FILL the lecture hall at the local college, now they meet at a donut shop.
It will be back... enjoy the quiet while it lasts.
Point your fifteen meter beam at Florida. Everyone has retired and moved there!
"I Think......Therefore I Ham"
73 de Craig......N7CPC
There are at least 12 amateur radio bands/frequencies above 220MHz, all the way to 300GHz. I have not heard any one on those freq's, and have not found any band plan other than the satellite linking frequencies.
Where is that 24 GHz repeater that I made?
I just finished a 3200 mile trip in my motorhome while monitoring 146.52. Gave quite a few calls, but never heard any activity. Where is everyone?
Wow. Nobody came back on .52 the whole trip? You need to check your equipment. I just drove from Madison, WI to Long Island In NY and back a few weks ago and made a number of Simplex contacts. Try to concentrate your efforts when nearest high population-density centers. I had the best results near the big cities. I had a great QSO with a guy in the Chicago area for 30 miles. The band was open and he had a good high fixed operating location. As he talked with me a huge 2-meter simplex pile-up happened and we had a great time with about 5 operators all working each other. Don't give up because you don't at first succeed. 2-meter simplex is really not hard with good equipment. Make sure you have a good antenna and mounting location on your vehicle and thing might work a bit better. Through-glass antennas, trunk locations and mag-mounts all hurt performance. Drill a hole the center of your roof and put a 5/8-wave dual-band whip up there. This gain antenna will work a lot better and help you get a copyable signal out on simplex. Heck the fact 11-meter guys can work with that crappy band means we can do just about anything with short-medium ranged communication on 2-meters if you know how to install a good gain antenna. Too many VHF-mobile installations I have seen will only work the close-in repeaters. These machines have made most 2m ops spoiled and not pushing the antenna envelope very hard.
Jim - KB9YFI