Made my most distant contact yet!
Contacted EA8YB on 10 meters,Canary Islands.
Congrats, I told you it's habit forming I hope you're studying for your general in your spare time.
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I see that the solar index is back above 100 (107 today). Hopefully it will continue to climb, and we'll see 10 meters looking like 10 meters again before long. Meanwhile, 12 and 15 continue to be open quite a bit more than 10.
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Congratulations on the contact! I hope to work you on 10 meters, as 10 meters improves I will likely be on that band more.
As of late every time I get excited about the SFI it goes back into the toilet.
I will be taking the short drive to South Dakota this weekend to participate in the SD QSO Party. It would make the SD QSO Party at least 10dB more enjoyable if the SFI spiked upward this weekend!!!
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Even though it's not what it could be, I've been finding 10 meters open south every day even with the SFI below 100.
Originally Posted by K0RGR
As a very old ham (97 yrs old) told me in fact one of my first 10m contacts as a Tech, that 10m is always open somewhere you just need to call for a while and try at least. He said to many just listen and don't call so people think 10m is dead in fact when it may be open into many area's.
Originally Posted by KD8FYI
In fact I commented on this gentleman's age and my respect for someone in the hobby for almost 75 yrs as I remember. He then told me he was not the oldest op in the room he was in a Club Station in FL. (DX for me then) in a senior housing community the other fellow in fact was 103 can you imagine what they have saw in there life's not to mention this hobby.
I received a QSL card from him one of my first also and he wrote on the back to promise and always check 10m first when I first turn on the radio and throw out a few CQ's. I do miss a few times but try to do so to this day when I remember and always think of him and that QSO.
73 de Fred N0AZZ
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There's some truth there. If the band sounds dead, calling CQ never hurts. Careful listening helps, too. The other evening, dusk local time, eastern coast of the US, the propagation summary on DX Summit said 10m was "poor" both night and day, and it sounded dead on the first few passes. But I kept listening carefully, and wound up working ZL and VK on 10m CW. :-)
Originally Posted by N0AZZ
My problem with 10 M propagation lately is I don't speak Spanish enough to have a QSO on SSB !
Originally Posted by KD8FYI
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