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Our Sun Dials Down the Brightness: Solar Storm Forecast 06-09-2018

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by KB7TBT, Jun 9, 2018.

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  1. KA1BSZ

    KA1BSZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    30 and 40 meters is loaded with dx tonight! That WSJT-X PROGRAM with FT8 has to be connected to the internet to work properly. I have mine at home works fine. the mobile loses abt 0.05 seconds everyday.
     
  2. KP4SX

    KP4SX Subscriber QRZ Page

    No it doesn't. There are various ways to get time sync. 0.05 sec wouldn't make any difference. But you should strive to stay within a second.
     
  3. KA1BSZ

    KA1BSZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    True..BUT...if you get the program calibrated and then use it, the internal computer clock drifts and if your off 0.10 seconds , it will not decode.
     
  4. KP4SX

    KP4SX Subscriber QRZ Page

    That's not true. You can be off a couple of seconds and it will still decode. Making QSOs is a whole nuther story.
     
  5. W8AAZ

    W8AAZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    I don't go above 20 except for 6 Es. I hear stations check into nets on 40 with those little 5 watt kit radios and they often have respectable signals. Not every day but often. I would agree with conventional means you are not gonna work the DX you could with a big beam using a dipole. Never can except for maybe at top of a hot cycle.
     
  6. K4KYB

    K4KYB Ham Member QRZ Page

    10-11 meter bands have been crazy good last three weeks all the way through 1:30am
     
  7. W5DFN

    W5DFN Ham Member QRZ Page

     
  8. W5DFN

    W5DFN Ham Member QRZ Page

    Actually, I will try to work any station that answers my call. HOWEVER, if you are so far down in the noise, that I can only get a word now and then using headphones, the I admittedly lose interest pretty quickly. I have a rather modest station with an ancient Force 12 C3E at 10 meters for 20 -6 meters (Yes, it will load up on 6, albeit broadside to the boom). For 160, 80, 60, and 40 meters I have a fan dipole at 12 - 10 feet above ground. Maximum power I can run is about 750 watts and not that on all HF bands. I don't see the point in complaining about the stations I can't reach -- and I have talked to the South Cook Islands on 100 watts. Almost any antenna system can be improved and amplifiers are affordable, my suggestion would be to see what you can do to make your station easier to copy and settle for what you can get.
     
  9. G0GPF

    G0GPF Ham Member QRZ Page

    I run a QRO station /FTdx5000 /Mosely pro 67B /1.5 KW and in the last year i have only ran with rig power no amp. let me assure you my friend if I hear you I will reply. To me it makes no difference where or who /or your license level, I will always reply.Us older people are so close to the grave that we treat every contact as the last one that we will make.
    PS if I run full power with antenna fully extended and call CQ I could be waiting just as long as you for a reply. Tried it a few times and decided not to waste any more electricity talking to fresh air. Dont give up hope some of us older operators are allways looking for stations like yours
    with regards
    peter G0GPF
     
  10. K5CO

    K5CO Ham Member QRZ Page

    About a year from October I am guessing we will see solar panel arrays destroyed by surges from seriously changed sun activity. What a mess for landfills; but good operating conditions for those loving DX.
     

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