Midwest Tropo on 2 meters

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  1. WA6MHZ

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    Tropos are what got me Hooked on DXing!! I just love working TROPOS out of the Chicago area back in 1968 to 1970.
    It was the MOST EXCITEMENT I have had in Ham Radio!!!!
    I nailed 8 states on 2 meter AM, it was great!!! We don't get much in the way of TROPOs out here in Kalifornia, but we do get the wonderful DUCTs to Hawaii!!! I worked a station there on the BIG ISLAND that was louder than any local on 2 Meter SSB.
  2. N8SAN

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    Now that is amazing!
    I only have a mag mount on my jeep for 2m.
    OH! I do have an Arrow Sat antenna I could hook up and try SSB. hmmm!
  3. N8SAN

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    Tried listening and making calls last night while I was covered in the "red" on the map.
    Both SSB and FM on my arrow, changing the polarity respectively for each.
    Nothing heard at all. Bummer.
  4. KF5RHI

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  5. N8SAN

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    Man I'm jealous.
  6. N8SAN

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    Am I doing something wrong? This morning the map is showing really well in my area again. I even got on my roof, with my arrow yagi on a tripod my VX-8DR 2m simplex. Vertically polarized. Squelch open. Didn't hear anything. Made some calls. Nothing.
    I've tried this over a few openings over the last year or so and have not once even heard anyone!
    I like the challenge of things, but I would expect to at least hear someone?
    Maybe it's actually not that great and the APRS receivers are picking up someone with a tower and power?
  7. KC3JIN

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    Is all of the 2m tropo to be had on SSB, or can you do FM? What's required? This sounds like fun!

    It's my impression that APRS receivers have a much easier time picking up the briefest splorch of datamode than human ears do with voice. I dunno, maybe that's for someone more experienced to chime in on.
  8. N8SAN

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    Both! (From what I understand)
    Watch that video embedded here, it's FM both 2m and 70cm

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