This is Andrew, KI4DWG in Cedartown GA. Last night, Tuesday June 01, 2004, I had the privilege of talking on a band opening for the first time since I have had my license.
From Cedartown GA, I was talking to people all the way into Jonesboro Arkansas, Franklin Kentucky, Nashville Tennessee, Anderson South Carolina to name a few.
I started talking on the band opening around 11:15PM, and it was real open and everyone was in there real loud and clear, full scale and good audio. It started going in and out around 10AM, and then started opening back up around 1:30AM, and was going strong until 2:30AM, and started going out pretty fast around 30AM when I finally called it a night. And again today, earlier this morning, I was making long distance contacts, so maybe the band is going to continue to stay open for a few days, hopefully anyway.
This was my first chance of seeing what a band opening will do since I got my license in February of this year. I really enjoyed it, and hopefully I will be upgrading and getting my General license soon to talk on HF.
This is getting long, I apologize for that, so 73's everyone.
Which band are you speaking of? I mean, what's the frequency you were talking on?
The DX bug bit you,and now you got the fever! Welcome aboard!! Plenty of DX to you in the future
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|The DX bug bit you,and now you got the fever! Welcome aboard!! Plenty of DX to you in the future [/QUOTE]|
Ageed,it's really great to hear something like that happen to you.Hope you have continued success in the future with band openings.
kd5mnb...what does the words of the TITLE of the thread say ?
answer: 2 meter ( duh )
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Be as nice as you can to others.
I type real slow for those of you who can not read fast.
Boy does that bring back memories. I remember my first ever 2 meter opening from Jersey City to Atlantic City. I was using 25 watts AM into a "Big Wheel" antenna. I was just jumping around like crazy that I worked such a distance. I immediately got out a map and measured the air distance probably about a zillion times and traced it with my finger lots of times.
The DX bug has a big bite.
i was on a 2 mtr. opening on ssb 144.200 a couple of years ago on a sunday morning and it was wild.
i'm in ks. and all the dx was from ga.,and florida and one contact in cuba, oscar co2oj he was 59 for 10 min.
the rig i was using was the ic 746 100 watts to a 13b2 horz. @ 55 ft.
there were several people in wichita that made the contact with him.
73 to all, kc0fcl conrad in eureka ks.
I don't know about two meter Deeee-X, but I sure like your clock. It's 04 PM !
73, Jim KH2D
Good luck Andrew! I was able to reach NJ on 2 meter SSB the day I received my ticket (call sign) from Ft. Lauderdale, Fl with a vert. ant. up 20'. The bug bite is a good thing. Try six meters until you can upgrade to Gen.
I remember one night about two years ago- The Holland, MI repeater (147.06) was receiving stations in Muskegon, Milwaukee, Sheboygan (WI) Chicago, and Lansing. One Sheboygan station was using an HT with 1/2 watt!
I will remember that day for a long time.
There's no place like 127.0.0.1