Loving 12 Meters

Discussion in 'Working Different Modes' started by N4UP, Oct 5, 2019.

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  1. N4UP

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    In anticipation of the sunspot minimum, I installed a couple of long beverage RX antennas and two big low-band verticals, a DX Engineering Thunderbolt for Vertical 160 meters and a DX Engineering Thunderbolt Vertical for 80 and 40 meters. They work very well.

    But my favorite band remains 12 meters and every now and then I "go up there" to see if anything is happening. Today I called CQ on 12 meters FT8 and nothing. Then raised the power a bit and registered two hits on PSK Reporter, one in Wisconsin and the other in Texas. That told me I might be able to make some contacts. 40 minutes later I had worked 17 stations, one in Wisconsin and 16 in South America.

    12 meters was so perky the South Americans were working NA and EU like there was no tomorrow. I have now worked every station in Brazil. Well, maybe not, but it sure seems like it.
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  2. K6CLS

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    Hey wow! I'm glad you stirred up some action on 12m.

    How much power, and what kind of antenna? Thanks.
  3. N4UP

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    Well, the South Americans were already having fun up there, so I figured we should have some too. I love working Europe in the mornings and South America in the afternoons. But here this opening lasted much longer than usual. Yesterday, I ended up with 27 contacts on 12 meters before dinner.

    For 12 meters I use a 10-element Tennedyne LPDA at 73 feet. For FT8 I usually start at 20 watts and check the PSK Reporter to see if that works. If I see high levels I reduce to 15 watts or even 10 watts. If I see nothing I keep going up by modest increments until I see results.
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2019

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