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Operating AM on 20 Meters

Discussion in 'Amplitude Modulation' started by KC8YLT, Mar 15, 2017.

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  1. KC8YLT

    KC8YLT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Anyone here in the forum still operate AM on the upper end of 20 meters? (14.286) What are your thoughts about this? I know there is AM activity on 40, 75 and 160. Thanks, Carl.
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  2. N6YW

    N6YW Ham Member Volunteer Moderator QRZ Page

    On occasion when band conditions permit. I also operate on or about 14.330. Usually when 15 is open there is
    AM activity there as well.
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  3. WA3VJB

    WA3VJB Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yes, I've heard that 14.330 has replaced 14.286 as a place where you can anticipate AM QSOs.
    Up on 15m the most likely place for AM in my monitoring experience is around 21.425 Mc

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  4. KC8YLT

    KC8YLT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thanks for the info guys. I have never operated AM on HF and I want to once I get all of my gear set up.
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  5. AC0OB

    AC0OB Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    There are still AM'ers operating from 14.286 to 14.330 MHz.

    On 15m, when open, 21.300 to 21.425 MHz are the usual watering holes.

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  6. N6YW

    N6YW Ham Member Volunteer Moderator QRZ Page

    I hope to hear you on the bands soon!
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  7. N2DTS

    N2DTS Ham Member QRZ Page

    Seems like there is a constant flow of people trying AM. I have heard a lot of it lately.
    Maybe we are moving past the 'SSB sucks, CW is the only good mode, AM is a hog and for CB operators' era?
    You would think people would want to try something different....
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  8. AF6LJ

    AF6LJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Am Sounds really good when you have a receiver that has a bit of bandwidth. :)
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  9. N2DTS

    N2DTS Ham Member QRZ Page

    I think it sounds very good even when its quite narrow, as long as its not muffled sounding.
    Some ssb sounds fine if you tune it in JUST right and can turn the RF gain way down to kill the noise.

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  10. K5UJ

    K5UJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Another mode that has the potential to sound good is VHF ham FM. The bandwidth is too much for HF though. Unfortunately it sounds almost like telephone audio because VHF ham FM rigs have no audio below around 300 cps in order to transmit so called sub-audible tones, the ham rig audio sections suck, and everyone uses crappy hand held mics. but back to 20 m. AM....
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