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The Spotless Sun, Like 2008-2009

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by W8NSI, Dec 9, 2019.

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  1. W8NSI

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  2. N1FM

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  3. WT4W

    WT4W Ham Member QRZ Page

    In about 45 minutes of casual operation yesterday I had 5 QSOs with European stations, so I don't think the propagation is all THAT bad. And any weekend when there's a major contest, propagation magically seems to improve.
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  4. W4ZD

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    I think the problem is that the sun is embarrassed by its acne and has been overdoing it with the acne meds. :D
  5. AJ6LB

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    It’s not so much that propagation is bad right now, it’s that during a solar maximum you can make long path QSOs with your radio connected to a rain gutter.
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  6. WL7PM

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    Obtain Copper.
    Build antennae for 160.
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  7. KA4DPO

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    That's the ticket.:)
  8. WZ7U

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    3" tube, in a rectangular shape ought to do it. Scaled to the lowest frequency desired. Saw one on a magazine cover (cq?) about a decade back.
  9. W4ZD

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    I'd like to get on 160. Not enough room for a full sized antenna, but MFJ sells a 100-foot G5RV that they claim will cover 160 through 10. On 160 it apparently functions as a Marconi. I wonder how well that would work.
  10. W1VT

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    I made 500 contacts in the 160M contest with a shortened Inverted L that is just 36' high. I bent it into an upside down U so it would fit on my properly.

    The big compromise is that I can't run high power in a full time contest effort. Sort of like running a car flat out at Le Mans. Something will fail and the car won't finish. Wet weather and really high voltages don't mix well.
    No matter, I'm not likely to win with all the great stations in Connecticut. But, I can run medium power and make a lot of contacts!

    Zak W1VT
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