15 meters is open

Discussion in 'Straight Keys - CW Enthusiasts' started by KD2RDG, Dec 26, 2020.

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  1. KD2RDG

    KD2RDG Ham Member QRZ Page

    New antenna up and tuned. First two contacts in the books thanks to cw ops in Puerto Rico and Colombia.

    Cool band.
    Last edited: Dec 26, 2020
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  2. PU2OZT

    PU2OZT Ham Member QRZ Page

    and 30m
    and 17m

    HNY to all
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  3. AE1N

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  4. PU2OZT

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  5. KD2RDG

    KD2RDG Ham Member QRZ Page

    I heard some contest traffic on 15m yesterday and called CQ on a different frequency. No one answered but I got spotted in New Zealand.

    This band is underappreciated. Let's show it more love!
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  6. NM7G

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    How long did you call?

    With the SFI near 100, expect to hear 3-4 continents nearly every day. This past week there has been SA, NA, OC, and occasionally AS and AF cw activity on 15m. It's a great band.
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  7. KD2RDG

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    5 minutes.
  8. DD5RK

    DD5RK Ham Member QRZ Page

    you got spotted

    OE9GHV [​IMG] KD2RDG 7005.0 CW CQ 10 dB 21 wpm 0159z 11 Sep
    OE9GHV [​IMG] KD2RDG 14026.0 CW CQ 10 dB 21 wpm 2334z 07 Sep

    that is 69.4 mi ( 111.7 km) from me.

    But I am UTC + 2H so I sleep at that time. And 10 db is quite challenging.

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  9. NM7G

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    When I fish Oregon rivers, it takes 3 minutes to assemble my rod, select bait, and slip it on the hook, then cast. I never hope to get a bite in the 2 minutes left.

    It seems there's an inverse relation between the number of spots you get when you call and how long to call before throwing in the towel. The fewer spots, the longer you need to call CQ. Big sig guys need fewer. When prop is good, 10 minutes of CQ on one frequency is the least I'll try, 15 mins is better. If sigs I hear suggest the band is open I QSY a few kHz and try again for another 15-20 mins. Persistence pays!
    Last edited: Sep 12, 2021
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  10. K0UO

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    Yes for the past week we've been making good contacts on 15.
    73 from,
    The K0UO " Rhombic Antenna Farm" 2 miles of wire in the Air & On the daily
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