30 meters, where is everyone?

Discussion in 'On-Air Operations - Q&A' started by W3HIZ, Nov 29, 2018.

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  1. W3HIZ

    W3HIZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hello to all,
    I have been watching 30 meter activity, or the lack there of.
    I have had chats in the past on this band, however they are few.
    Any thoughts?
    73 de W3HIZ
    Wayne
     
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  2. N8AFT

    N8AFT Subscriber QRZ Page

    Don't feel like you're all alone OM.
    Poor propagation mostly to blame.
    I have had better results the past two yrs than all of 2018.
    Whar are you calling at?
    All CW here.
     
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  3. N4UP

    N4UP Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    So far this year I have 1,556 contacts on 30 meters, almost all CW and a few digital. Last year I had over 2,500 contacts on 30 meters but most of them were from my mobile station ( Screwdriver ). This year most on 30 meters using a 10-element LPDA at 73 feet.

    People keep saying poor propagation this and poor propagation that. I rather think it is simply different propagation. Means we need to adapt.

    Maybe a better antenna?
     
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  4. W3HIZ

    W3HIZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thanks Peter, maybe I need to increase RF Gain more too. hi
    Wayne
     
  5. KC9YGN

    KC9YGN Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    That's odd because 30 meters has been a hot band for me with digital modes like FT8 this year. At the moment (14:00 UTC) I'm seeing a half dozen EU stations coming in on FT8 and a ton of US stations. No CW at the moment but there were quite a few stations on CW 30M the other day.
     
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  6. N4UP

    N4UP Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Wayne, one of things I do is study propagation patterns and choose my operating times and bands accordingly.

    I would expect 30 meters to be alive and well even in times of minimal sunspots. On 12 meters I expect the band to be dead most of the time, yet I have over 320 contacts this year on 12 meters.

    One trick you may already be aware of is to call CQ on CW and then check the RBN ( Reverse beacon Network ) and see who hears you. That will tell you if the band is open and to where. Sometimes it is simply a lack of activity and not propagation. But calling CQ can trigger a band "opening" as others see it on RBN. Sometimes I just leave my panadapter running across an entire band segment while I do other things and when I notice a signal I offer a reply.
     
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  7. K6GB

    K6GB XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Worked ZS6 on 30 Sunday on FT8, 30 watts from So-Cal.
     
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  8. W7DCM

    W7DCM Ham Member QRZ Page

    I bagged PZ a few weeks ago on 30.
     
  9. W9YAP

    W9YAP Ham Member QRZ Page

    I listen on 30 quite often and I usually hear a few decent CW and Digital sigs, not a lot, but considerably better than 40 at times.
    I cannot efficiently tune 30 on my current antenna, so I'm going to hang a dedicated 30M antenna so I can fire up my newly built 30M OHR100A and Cricket 30. Hope to be on in the next week or two.
     
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  10. W7DCM

    W7DCM Ham Member QRZ Page

    I hope we end up QSOing!
     

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