FT8 on totally silent band

Discussion in 'Working Different Modes' started by OE4KSF, Jan 15, 2020.

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  1. OE4KSF

    OE4KSF Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    Hello all
    I'm sort of tired of using the 80,40,20 bands now - as they are so busy that it makes no fun.
    Living here in central europe - I have 9+40 signals from close countries all the time on these bands.
    I have started to call CQ on totally silent bands now - like 15 and 12m band - and its funny to see that after 30 minutes it starts to be alive .
    It seems that someone has to start :)
    And sometimes you can get a good long distance skip - even only for a few minutes - and as there band is silent you can decode really low signals. down to -22/-24 sometimes
    So - just get into the "silent" bands and start using them - it dos work :)

    73 De Knut OE4KSF
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  2. PA3GCU

    PA3GCU Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hi Knut.

    This is just what i do especily when i am EA5 land.
    I have worked South America when no other signals were to be seen/heard.
    You have possably heard and may be using the psk reporter, as you may well know its a good indicator of where your
    signal is being heard. It suprises me sometimes to see just where i am heard when no other signals are about.

    Just my 2 cents worth, and the spelling mistakes are free of charge.

    Best 73 Richard PA3GCU.
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  3. K1APJ

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    Yes, whenever I am in the shack using FT8 I send some CQs on 6, 10 and 15. Only takes a few minutes, and there is often a response.

    The bands may be dead, but the operators are equally so.....
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  4. KQ0J

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    Funny how " open" the bands are on contest weekends....
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