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Discussion in 'Amplitude Modulation' started by N6YW, Apr 25, 2016.

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  1. K4KYV

    K4KYV Premium Subscriber Volunteer Moderator QRZ Page

    With the long-skip propagation on 75m, even stations I consider relatively distant are skipping over. Last night a station near Chicago was barely audible. The other night N8ZRD near Dayton OH was completely inaudible. OTOH, signals from greater distances sometimes come in S9 or plus. Timtron was a solid S9 last night running a little 15-watt transmitter! No QRN from heavy thunderstorms that had just passed through a couple of hours earlier; the static crashes evidently were skipping right over me, but 160 was a solid wall of QRN.
  2. WA3VJB

    WA3VJB Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yes Don the band goes long and stays there. Sunday morning I became the "intermittent net control" of the Florida AM group, when, because of DST, 75m was still in nighttime long mode at 6am when folks began to gather. At around 6:30, the scheduled start on 3885Kc, the regular anchor invited me to take a set of check-ins that he could follow along with since I was hearing everyone from farther out. By the time the band shortened at 7:15+ he already had a couple dozen stations underway.
  3. K4KYV

    K4KYV Premium Subscriber Volunteer Moderator QRZ Page

    Since a majority of the folks in the AM groups (actually, ham radio groups in general) these days are old retired farts like me, and most of us no longer are forced to live by the alarm clock, why pay any attention to DST in the choice of hours to operate the radio? Stick with UTC/GMT. No more of that endless clock-changing nonsense.
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  4. W7TFO

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    Zulu rules!

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  5. W8KHK

    W8KHK Ham Member QRZ Page

    As stated by a gentleman fortunate enough to never have to roll his MST clock back nor forward! Ahh, the joys of living in the great state of ARIZONA!
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  6. N2DTS

    N2DTS Ham Member QRZ Page

    20 has been open at night, and 40 meters was booming with East coast guys last night.
    Tim (HLR) was super strapping Tuesday night at 10 pm!
  7. K0OKS

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    Calling CQ on 14.286 from St Louis, MO... Not hearing much.
  8. AC0OB

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    With the lightning crashes on the two lower frequency bands, it seems 40 and 20 meters have improved somewhat.

    Calling CQ on 14.286 from St Louis, MO... Not hearing much.

    Most of the past activity has been around 14.325 to 14.330.

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  9. W7DCM

    W7DCM Ham Member QRZ Page

    14.286 is what I see on the band plan (as published by ARRL).

    As for not hearing much on 14.286, I haven't heard very much on 20 these past few days due to conditions.

    I do check 14.325 and up.
  10. W7DCM

    W7DCM Ham Member QRZ Page

    A few years back a legislator based in Mesa (who I think rolled in here from another state) announced his intention to file legislation to have Arizona observe DST. He got a lot, and I mean a lot of emails and phone calls to his office strongly opposing the idea. He abandoned his idea rather quickly.

    I never cared one way or the other about DST before moving here in early 1999. Now I cheer efforts that I read about to abandon it in other states.
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