2 meter SSB..........
Curious if there is any 2 meter ssb action in your neck of the woods---how about 6 meter ssb...?? and also the Radio Band Chart says that a Tech has RTTY and DATA as well as Phone and Image but makes no mention of SSB phone for any class ticket unless the shade of yellow on the key is the same for phone and ssb?? Any help here please.........
Thanks and 73's
The FCC regs for 6m and 2m are really easy: 50-50.1 and 144-144.1 are CW only. All other modes can be used above that, to the upper edge of each band.
Now, by "convention," we have other "set asides." The SSB domestic calling frequencies are 50.125 and 144.200, respectively, USB. There are areas were beacons are "allocated," although on 6m those are all in the "CW only" band, whereas on 2m they aren't, they're up above the SSB calling frequency area. Not by regulation, just by "band plan agreements," with which most willingly adhere.
2m also has some set-aside areas for satellite work, and of course the upper sections of both bands are committed to FM simplex and repeater work.
RTTY's been allowed on these bands for a very long time but it's not much used on VHF. Weak signal data modes are becoming popular (WSJT).
As for "activity," SSB/CW operators use horizontal polarization by convention so if you use a vertically polarized antenna (such is common for FM work), you're guaranteed not to hear much normal tropo activity. A good, high, horizontally polarized beam fed with low-loss coax -- or going portable to operate from mountaintops even with smaller antennas -- is almost guaranteed to let you in on the action.
Most signals are not strong, they're weak. Thankfully atmospheric noise levels on VHF are low, so you can easily hear weak signals.
[I]Thanks for the GREAT info......I have been using an Arrow J-Pole in the attic (due to HOA rules) for 2 meter and 440 fm and an Arrow yagi for the Amsats set-up in my shack( due to being unable to go outside very easily due to medical reasons) and have been considering an all-mode rig for ssb....I think my main drawback will be no outside antenna....I have read some on stealth antennas but need to learn more....I must say, I have been enjoying this new hobby
Thanks again and 73's;
glenn KD8OEK [I]
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If you like 2m SSB and are restricted to attic antennas, I'd strongly recommend just taking it all portable and operating from hilltops.
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Ohio doesn't have any great ones, unfortunately; however the highest point in PA is a good spot, and going south to WVA, Spruce Knob might be within reasonable driving distance (it's about 4800' high). That is a great location I have operated from several times, myself.
From the summit of Spruce Knob, on 2m SSB, on a weekend when there is activity, you can work from Nova Scotia, Canada (VE1) to Atlanta, GA to Chicago, IL using about 20W PEP on 2m SSB and a decent horizontal beam.
That is great fun.
Using indoor antennas on VHF is a drawback, but depending on your location, it may be OK or it may be impossible. A lot of how well this will work depends on :
1. What kind of construction materials your home is made of. If its mainly wood it might be OK.
2. The quality of your location for VHF work. If you live on a high spot without many trees around it might be also good. If you live in a low spot with lots of trees it will be worse.
3. How much noise you have from local interference sources like switching power supplies, TV sets, computers, etc. If its quiet at your location that is a big plus. Weak signals can be hard to hear in background noise.
4. How big your antennas are. I know of at least one ham who is restricted to indoor antennas and he does reasonably well. Obviously things would be better with outdoor antennas, but sometimes you do what you can.
Check out this link for more info on Les N1LF's setup
For 2m SSB, Google Sidewinders on Two.
Keep in mind many of these guys are really serious and have big antenna arrays and run lots of power. However, with a similar antenna to the Arrow and a 4-watt all-mode radio I've checked into the local SSB net a few times and I can hear (very faintly) some stations hundreds if miles away.
One of our club members moved into a antenna-restricted area, and he installed his sat antennas in the attic -- pretty cool, but you have to have a really tall roof to accommodate it.