Low Bands getting difficult

Discussion in 'Amplitude Modulation' started by KX5JT, Apr 18, 2016.

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  1. KX5JT

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    More often than not I'm getting s9 + grind from storm static and lightning crashes.... it is making for some very difficult copy even with the usual strong strappers. Occasionally there is a quiet night but they are getting farther and fewer between I've noticed.

    40 meters is becoming more attractive for overnight AM.
  2. KA4KOE

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    Ya' think, Skippy?? :)
  3. KA0HCP

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    "Spring". It happens every year. :)
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  5. KX5JT

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    Yes inevitably we are creatures of habit. We still try. Last night Don, Timmy and Deano were in there on 3.885 and I threw in a brief hello but it was really painful. It was the first time I can remember Don only being copyable at less than 80% so I knew that was going not be a long QSO for me. Deano has a new amp is doing much better than before but it was still about 75% and Timmy up in Maine... well... I knew it was him and maybe even heard some words out in the clear, but it certainly wasn't going to be a "learn something from Timmy's dissertations" type night.

    Occasionally we still get some nights with low enough static but 20 over S9 grind is not fun.

    40 works but it's a fickle creature. Sometimes Don, although several states out, is not heard but I west and east coast are. It's definitely time to start on projects more and operate at the whim of old Mother Nature.
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