Get Ready for 10 Meters—Cheap & Effective

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  1. K8QS

    K8QS Ham Member QRZ Page

    Tom (WA9TDD) and Quin (K8QS) explain how to get ready for 10-meter amateur radio operation, including propagation, equipment, antennas, and modes. When 10 is hot, it's hot.


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  2. WB4JHS

    WB4JHS Ham Member QRZ Page

    Great job guys!

    some day perhaps collect pictures of the messiest cluttered shacks; weirdest CB legends as well as classic mistakes in mounting towers with the fails that cause them to fall over!

    Orlando, Fl
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  3. WA9TDD

    WA9TDD Ham Member QRZ Page

    Great idea, John. Those would be a fun videos to do. Quin, add that to the list.

    73 Tom
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  4. W1YW

    W1YW Ham Member QRZ Page

    A bit of optimism is always welcome. Great video:)

    Just a rule of thumb--longhaul DX on 10M is more prevalent when the SFI is well above 130--and we may or may not reach that this cycle. We are still in sunspot min conditions right now. But watch for openings; it is fantastic when 10 is open!
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  5. KC1CCG

    KC1CCG Ham Member QRZ Page

    I am ready for ten but ten isn't ready for me!
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  6. KK5JY

    KK5JY Ham Member QRZ Page

    Don't forget the "halo" antennas for 10m, especially for locations where space efficiency is helpful. They are very light, have small wingspan, and are easy to raise to significant heights.

    Over the last couple of weeks, there have already been several 10m openings. Many contacts at around 5,000 miles, and a few close to 10,000 miles. It's shaping up to be a nice year for low VHF. :cool:
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  7. KF0CSM

    KF0CSM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Using the same exact tactic I use, watching Channel 6 CB! You know there is some potential when you can hear all that racket coming in through strong on the Super Bowl, and its time to try DX'ing on 10 or even CB. Its a great, simple indicator!

    I've had good luck with my MACO 5000. Had a crystal clear conversation with a fellow 950 miles away who gave me a report of 9db on his CB rig in terms of reception during the last major solar storm, QRP all legal stock Cobra 29. Last week I was able to make my first 10 meter SSB contact with a fellow in Georgie and listened to a few conversations and contesters in the Carolinas. I know I've got a decent setup, and I'm itching for the band to open wide up again.

    My fear is that Ham's won't show up. Good to keep the awareness of the band up! I think a valid statement from many CBer's, both the best operators and the very worst, is that even if the high HF range opens up, there might not be anybody to talk to! Whereas whenever the bands open up, there are always people on CB. Yes, many with their damned echo boxes, with power mikes that cause distortion. But, also a lot of decent operators, a lot of normal traffic and average folks.

    Here's looking forward to the big cycle!
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  8. K4XJ

    K4XJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    People talking about CB?...Thought this was a Ham Radio forum.
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  9. K8QS

    K8QS Ham Member QRZ Page

    Chip --
    Thanks for your note. Hope is a huge part of the culture of ham radio. Love your audio studio as seen on your QRZ page.
    Quin, K8QS
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  10. K8QS

    K8QS Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hi, Mark. We'll see lots of 11-meter "crossover" rigs when the sunspots start rolling in. Some hams remember when 11 meters was part of amateur radio, officially. And lots of CBers end up in ham radio. Thanks for your post.

    Quin, K8QS
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