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10 Meters, CQ CQ, is anyone on?

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by KG5MLS, Mar 13, 2017.

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  1. W4NNF

    W4NNF XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    OK...first off...please "ham radio" or "amateur radio" not "HAM" you wanna cause a riot on QRZ? :)

    Otherwise, even at the bottom of the Solar cycle, there can be activity on 10-meters. Solar activity is low now, though we haven't yet bottomed out (that will happen late next year), but, nevertheless, I worked Europe, South America, and the Caribbean on 10 with 100 watts during the ARRL SSB contest a couple of weeks ago. What should you do? Don't just assume. Listen to 10, and even if you hear nothing, throw out a CQ. Ya never know. ;)
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  2. W4NNF

    W4NNF XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    And let me add...HLC's upgrade to General ASAP, is very good advice. That buys you the 40-meter band, which is probably the best place to be day and night in the years of the quiet Sun.
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  3. W4POT

    W4POT Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    28.410 just worked XE1XR and he's still calling CQ if anyone is interested. :)
  4. K2EDM

    K2EDM Ham Member QRZ Page

    make up a list of beacons across the country, put them into memory and scan those memorys....... & a dipole is just fine, a beam is just a dipole with refelectors and directors......there is no gooder antenna...& tons of not as good antennas....
    Last edited: Mar 24, 2018
  5. WD0BCT

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    Good info....since returning to ham radio I've learned the hot spots for 40m/20m because I've had luck there. 10m has been such a wasteland I never know where to listen.
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  6. WE4E

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    It doesn't matter where you listen if everyone is just listening. ;)
  7. WZ7U

    WZ7U Ham Member QRZ Page

    ^^^THIS IS TRUE^^^
  8. K2EDM

    K2EDM Ham Member QRZ Page

    b4 Gore invented the internet, he invented beacons///
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  9. WZ7U

    WZ7U Ham Member QRZ Page

    Bekins? I didn't know that? :rolleyes:
  10. W7UUU

    W7UUU Super Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    Beacons are ALWAYS transmitting - between 28.200 and 28.300 There are a great many of them. Globally!

    If you can copy Morse, you can see where the band is open by searching the call you hear.

    But even if you cannot copy Morse, simply just listen: the more CW signals you hear, the more likely the band is open. You don't need to understand what is being sent - just count. If you only hear one or two, the band is very likely local only. If you count 5 or 10, consider calling CQ at 28.400.

    And if the CW signals are wall to wall, get on 28.400 and all CQ with a vengeance :)

    If you just hang around waiting for a SSB CQ, you'll have a long wait unless you initiate it.

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