Poor Conditions

Discussion in 'The DX Zone' started by 2E0RLR, Jul 19, 2020.

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  1. 2E0RLR

    2E0RLR Ham Member QRZ Page

    Here's a quick moan about the current conditions on the bands, my noise floor on 40m this past week has been near zero indicating to me next to no propagation, during the day I turn off my radio theirs no point in wasting electric.
    I heard a Spanish station working loads of you guys in the States, here in the north of England I hear only frying eggs!
    If conditions don't improve soon this will be the death of amateur radio as we know it!
    Yes I know i'm having another bad day at the office and having a moan but seriously if conditions don't improve soon who knows what will happen!!
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  2. WO7R

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    I don't know what you are talking about. Here in Arizona USA, if I am willing to be on the air between 2 in the morning, local time, and up to an hour past sunrise, I can work all the far east DX I care to work.

    I mean, no it isn't necessarily "rare DX" -- but Covid has pretty well cancelled DXpeditions. So, that's another hidden limit on really rare things. But some people live on places like Ogasawara (JD1) which are somewhat rare.

    And, if I'm just bored and want to work "something" I can work all the JA, BY, and YB stations I want, to say nothing of Aussies and Kiwis.

    Check your antenna.
  3. M0YRX

    M0YRX Ham Member QRZ Page

    If 40's dead try 60m , oh wait you can't , if 40's dead try 10m or 12 ,15,17,20 ,80 or VHF _UHF . If conditions don't improve soon amateur radio might lose a lot of operator,s that don't understand propagation (being on the right band at the right time for the existing conditions at the time) might be a more accurate way to put it.
    I only use SSB and 10m had netted me 86DXCC this year with plenty of extended conversations either direct line of sight , TrE , backscatter ( love it ) or straight forward Sporadic E ( or combination E + F2 ) of course most of the DX ones would have to be classed as contacts rather than QSO's but not all. Ten metre SSB is still opening to the USA / Canada every now and again and may well continue to do so into early August and infact the North of the UK has had the better of the openings so far from what I can tell.
    Lots of different bands , lots of different modes of propagation use them .
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  4. 2E0RLR

    2E0RLR Ham Member QRZ Page

    I understand propagation been on the radio now 42 years!
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  5. PA5COR

    PA5COR Ham Member QRZ Page

    Worked a ton of stations on 10/6 with Sporadic E, and some on 160 with the vertical.
    New radio FT 991A so playing around with that as well, so i'm not bored by the conditions, there is always a band open somewhere.
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  6. AE1N

    AE1N Ham Member QRZ Page

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    ---Layne AE1N
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  7. AE1N

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  8. PA5COR

    PA5COR Ham Member QRZ Page

    Just worked Portugal on 10, as said there is always a band open somewhere...
    100 watts into my Imax 2000 vertical 5/9 both ways with some QSB.
  9. 2E0RLR

    2E0RLR Ham Member QRZ Page

  10. VE3CGA

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    your mileage may vary but try 40, 30M early around sunrise. 20M wakes up later
    I've worked loads of VK/ZL's, JA's etc.
    Sadly not hearing much on ssb or cw but FT8 signals are very strong.
    This makes me believe its operators choice of mode rather than condx
    Never heard New Calidonia, Indonesia, Fiji until recently
    Meanwhile I'll take what I can get whatever mode
    20M opens later and I am hearing Europe on ssb & cw then again around suppertime on most days

    Using an Icom 9100 into a 40M inverted vee, a 80M inverted vee on 30M, a 20M dipole on 20 & 17
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