I've been inactive for almost 10 years. What has changed?

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by VE7NOT, Jul 17, 2021.

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  1. KO4ESA

    KO4ESA Ham Member QRZ Page

    It is an excellent radio. I’ve been getting used to using the features and trying out different antennas on it.
    Where I live is a difficult area to receive and transmit due to a transformer and power lines on the property.
  2. W1VT

    W1VT Ham Member QRZ Page

    I've made 50,000 contacts in the decade you were inactive.
    There is still a ton of CW activity during contests. I made 500 CW contacts in the 160 contest with an Inverted-L up 36 ft on my modest 0.3 acre suburban home less than 1/2 mile from a busy McDonalds.
    I think CW is still the best way to work DX.

    FT8 is the most popular mode. I can get on at any time and find guys on FT8. Last year I worked 56 countries on 6M FT8 with a lightweight portable 6M Yagi on twenty feet of TV masting.
    FT8 pileups can be brutal because everyone is on FT8.

    There is still some 20M PSK31 activity but very few on 40M these days.

    Local noise is an issue these days for a lot of stations. Having a loud signal will help a lot if you want to have casual ragchews.

    I worked a lot of rare phone DX running 500 watts to a full size dipole. Places like Bhutan.
    A beam would be better but I found a simple dipole would get through--enough to push my Phone DXCC total to 300 confirrmed!

    Zak W1VT
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  3. KG5RZ

    KG5RZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Circling the drain back then. The lever has been fully depressed in the last few years.
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  4. WB2WIK

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    Not on CW.

    I don't notice any difference other than a whole lot of "SKCC" stuff.
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  5. KG5RZ

    KG5RZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Maybe it is just the extra segments of 20 and 80.
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  6. KA4DPO

    KA4DPO Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    Don't forget the nonsense on 40.:(
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  7. W4NNF

    W4NNF XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    And the squealing heterodynes on 75 at night--good lord! :)
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  8. W4NNF

    W4NNF XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    That's what some remember. Of course some remember a ham radio that never was. ;)
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  9. K8XG

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    I really do not see much bad stuff on 40 or 75 compared to 5 -20 years ago. 7.200 is almost nothing now, and the folks drinking on 75 seem tame now compared to 20 year ago.
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  10. W4KJG

    W4KJG Subscriber QRZ Page

    There have been incredible changes and new opportunities. Most for the good, some .....

    Going back to my youth, it seems like Methuselah had only become a Silent Key shortly before I got into this whole crazy hobby.
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