10 Meters, CQ CQ, is anyone on?

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

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  1. KP4SX

    KP4SX Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    What, is there a contest? :) That always opens the band!
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  2. KG5MLS

    KG5MLS Ham Member QRZ Page

    Well, my 10 Meter radio came in Saturday, at a local ham swap meet going on this weekend, I was looking for antennas or at least parts to make a dipole. Could not find the parts for a dipole, but snagged an old firestick CB antenna, along with an antenna bracket, and an SWR meter. Unfortunately in my exuberant hast, I forgot to get a line and cable connectors to go from the radio to the SWR meter. Until I have that and can really tune this antenna, I am scared to go cutting on it. I have played around on it listening, hoping to hear something like a beacon or any chatter but all was quiet. I even tried calling our CQ a few times but still quiet.

    I am thinking its the antenna, and until I get that resolved I will just be listening to static. I am thrilled to get the radio, its in great shape and seems to function as it should.
  3. KA6IBM

    KA6IBM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Saturday and Sunday when I checked in, it lots of noise, QRN, and I didnt hear any beacons at all
  4. N1OOQ

    N1OOQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    I'm checking 28400 & 425 now and then. Even dusted off the mic and called a couple of days ago.
  5. WA9SVD

    WA9SVD Ham Member QRZ Page

    Nah, I disagree (humorously, honestly, humbly, and honorably ) with Dave, 10 Meters is "More opener" than even he realizes. Of course, some "openings" may be sporadic "E," so may be more sporadic, and briefly more local than he realizes. But 10 Meters is NOT to be abandoned.
  6. KJ4RZZ

    KJ4RZZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Well, we could pick a time and all start calling CQ beacons or not. I would certainly wake up the locals lol.

    I've yet to land a CW contact on 10m. I've tried many many times. I'd settle for FL at this point.
  7. W7UUU

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

    You've tried during 10m CW contests???? I have never had less than a zillion 10m contacts during a 10m CW contest.

    Curious what is your antenna?

  8. KG5MLS

    KG5MLS Ham Member QRZ Page

    I will be checking frequently over the next few weeks, get my antenna tuned or build a dipole. Hopefully soon I will hear something. Part of the excitement is just the hunt, catching that elusive signal from across the thousands of miles. If it were easy I think that would get boring after awhile.
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  9. WU8Y

    WU8Y Ham Member QRZ Page

    This weekend coming up is the CQ WW WPX phone contest. I'm sure you'll hear someone on 10 m this weekend.
  10. KG5MLS

    KG5MLS Ham Member QRZ Page

    Oh I will so be listening this weekend!!! Thank you for the information!

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