Too Bad AM is Useless For DX

Discussion in 'Amplitude Modulation' started by W2VW, Apr 8, 2016.

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  1. W2VW

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  2. K4KYV

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    My best AM DX was last winter on 75. I was talking with Timtron on about 3880 at 2 AM, and we both were starting to feel crapped out with the Nicad Effect coming on fast, so we decided to call it a night and signed out. Then, I heard a weak station call me. My first thought was that it was someone a few states away running his DX-60 or his Kenwood-on-AM into a G5RV 18' off the ground, but I decided to listen to hear who it was. Turned out it was a ZL3 calling from New Zealand. He told me I was Q5 and that he was also hearing Tim. Tim gave him a call, and we carried on a three-way for another 20 minutes, from Tennessee, Maine and New Zealand.
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  3. KX5JT

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    Also, 15 meters in the mornings have yielded AM DX for me from the UK, Spain and Italy.
  4. W7UUU

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    WOW!!! That's pretty incredible I gotta say :)

    I'm finally, after 193 years as a ham, putting something together very soon on AM - just a DX-60b with SB-301 receiver for 75 and 40 but what the heck... also going to try a Twoer into a "brick amp" on the beam at 50 feet but that's another story

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  5. W2VW

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    I heard that QSO Don. IIRC the guy had some wire antenna and lots of telephone poles.
  6. W2VW

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    I'm lucky to have a great location for 10 meters. None of this is exceptional IMO. Even a caveman could do it. Looking forward to working you on AM.
  7. KM3F

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    I work AM on occasion on all the bands.
    15m and 10m are great once the bands are open.
    All the old equipment comes on to respond to me when I call CQ.
    Even worked 2m Am.
    Presently we have a 6m AM net every Sunday evening at 7:30 pm here in eastern Pa. 50.400.
    I have some vintage equipment I started to work on but not complete enough to put on the air.
    The project is to Transceive using KW TS2000 as a receiver and TX vfo control the transmitter.
    So far works ok until you try to do it on a band that requires F multiplication.
    The TS 2000 doe not out high enough harmonic amplitude to drive F multiplication for the higher band 6 on up.
    Have to resort to crystal control until a VFO come along.
    As far as DX on AM goes, sure England, Ireland, western Canada.
    Good luck.
  8. KD4MOJ

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    WOW Dave you really are OLD! :D

  9. W7UUU

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    Yes, yes I am :) Seems that way some days anyway!

  10. G3YRO

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    Don't know why you guys are surprised at working DX on AM . . .

    What do you think people did before SSB?! People still worked all over the world on phone.

    I worked the USA on AM on 160m before I had an SSB rig.

    Roger G3YRO

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