Has 20 meters been bad for everyone or just me?

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by W5PB, Jul 16, 2021.

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  1. K6BSU

    K6BSU Ham Member QRZ Page

    Recently, I thought 20M was dead due to propagation. But then there was a contest, and 20M came alive with strong signals.

    The problem with 20M, and all HF bands, interest in ham radio is fading out--except for contests.
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  2. W5PB

    W5PB Ham Member QRZ Page

    You know, I agree with this. Even considering my circumstances, I'm amazed at how many contacts I make on the first try during a contest.

    When I got my Swan 350 back and fired it up, I made a quick Canada Day QSO with a VE station on 20 SSB on the first try. And my first time on a tube rig at that! With my compromised antenna setup, that wasn't supposed to happen. Go figure.
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  3. KA0HCP

    KA0HCP XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Hey, YOU!

    Stop posting on The Zed and get on the air. You are the one killing A.R. :)
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  4. KA0HCP

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    A more thoughtful analysis is that people today have many more activities competing for their interest and time.

    They are being more SELECTIVE about the time they spend on air.
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  5. KJ7SMO

    KJ7SMO Ham Member QRZ Page

    That would be very cool, Thanks!
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  6. KJ7SMO

    KJ7SMO Ham Member QRZ Page

    Also, people are afraid to set up an antenna system because it could upset there neighbors. I live in a non HOA neighborhood, without tall trees to set up a wire. I have a vertical in the corner of my backyard set with neighboring trees behind for a backdrop, and painted forest green. We have some troublemaking people rallying all the others against us. I don’t run a bunch of extra power, so I know I’m not effecting peoples electronics. They just don’t think they should have to see it.
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  7. KI5WW

    KI5WW Ham Member QRZ Page

    20 meters has been great here today. As compared to the last few days.
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  8. W5BIB

    W5BIB Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Twenty meters doing GREAT tonight !!

    From the RBN:
    [​IMG] VK4CT [​IMG] W5BIB 14035 CW CQ 12 dB 23 wpm 0503z 22Jul
    [​IMG] JJ2VLY [​IMG] W5BIB 14035 CW CQ 11 dB 23 wpm 0502z 22 Jul

    Called CQ @ 0003 Local Time w/100w & 80m OCF Dipole @ 20ft. from coastal Alabama !!! :D

    Gotta Love It !!
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2021
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  9. WZ7U

    WZ7U Ham Member QRZ Page

    I couldn't get anything on 20, so went to 40 and made some rumblings. Off to bed for me. Enjoy!
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  10. KJ7ZEI

    KJ7ZEI Ham Member QRZ Page

    I had a GREAT week on 20m; Russia twice, New Zealand, Svalbard, Madeira Island. I got up early this morning to keep the streak going.

    But there is a constant S3 noise. Bummer. Maybe now I should mow the lawn before conditions improve.....
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