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  1. NZ5F

    NZ5F Ham Member QRZ Page

    You know things are bad when you can't hear 9K2GS on 20m phone in the evening at 59+++++ talking to his fan club. Been awhile since hearing him. When i lived in San Diego used to listen to Seymour W6CCP (SK) and enjoyed listening to him and his California Kilowatt talking to DX like they were next door to him and I could barely hear the other side. Sure conditions are down but still looking forward to working South Orkney next year for an ATNO on CW. The memories of better times keep me excited and by the way, this is a good time to focus on other hobbies and interests. Like getting in superior shape. I am spending 2 hours a day, 4-5 days a week at the gym. There is a lot of sedentary lack of activity / exercise with this hobby. This is a good time to get up and hit the gym. Everyone can get fat on DX when the cycle comes back. Hihi.
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  2. K9GLS

    K9GLS Ham Member QRZ Page

    Oh don't get me started on the "watt hogs". The real death of amateur radio will be when everyone gets a KW amp and splatters across a 10kHz path. Power is no substitute for skill. :D
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  3. V51WW

    V51WW Ham Member QRZ Page

    good read all the way adapt and ya we sure miss seymor on the lp longpath we on 14.240 (Southern DX net)a zs station or 2 me and vks from 11:30 onwards or 12:utc
    W1FDY in charge of net and some others come in even shorpath to us in the middle of the day try and u could work us
  4. W0PV

    W0PV Ham Member QRZ Page

    KW amps do not automatically equate to splatter. Those that do are mis-operated by Lids. A badly setup QRP rig can sound horrible, make a mess of QRM, and if used as a driver make even a great ultra linear amp look bad. It takes SKILLS to operate QRO, properly, as well. ;)

    The real death of ham radio will be when nobody is making QSO's because the average propagated SNR is so low while everybody is running QRP with HOA antennas.

    When propagation conditions are bad, adding a box of signal GAIN in the path is a remedy not to be ignored. It can work wonders in all cases; running CQ's with full power will generate more takers; S&P with the same will generate more success.

    If the objective is to just make a contact with anyone anywhere, go right ahead, be all QRP all the time. I often do that myself. Just don't moan about having small antennas, complain the bands are dead, can't work desired DX, or give up on HR. :eek:

    Just use the relatively easy to add and permitted solution, a RF power amplifier. :p
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2019
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  5. M0IRB

    M0IRB Ham Member QRZ Page

    Im joking your probably a lovely guy really
  6. WW2PT

    WW2PT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Some of the worst “splatter” I’ve ever heard came from PSK31 ops running low power but who were ignorant about how to properly adjust the input levels on their sound cards.
  7. K9KQX

    K9KQX Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    I got my license in Oct 2015, on the down hill slide of cycle 24. As a newcomer, I was impressed with even the modest propagation in 2016. But in the fall of 2016 things just went off a cliff when it came to working 20m at night. Things became harder on 40m too.

    So since that time, I've spent lots of time trying different antennas and bands. I've had to improvise and try things within my budget.

    What I've found is I work the lower bands. I've concentrated my efforts on 40m at night and 20m during the day. I'm now using a magnetic loop for receive only and it really helps in picking up weak signals. I still transmit on my dipoles, but the loop really cuts down on receive noise.

    My next effort will be a receive loop for 160 and 80 to improve that.

    Moral of the story, keep experimenting and trying. It won't be easy, but it can be rewarding and fun.

    I figure by the time things improve I should be having a crap ton of fun with my setup after 5 years of work.
  8. G0ELZ

    G0ELZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yes the CW Ops CWT on Wednesdays at 1300Z 1900z and 0300Z Watch the bit of the band from .028 up come alive for a hour.
    the speed is a little on the fast side at 25-40 WPM but by heck its fun.

    been licensed 35 years but started as a SWL in 1961 just after the peak of cycle 19 seen cycles come and go over that time.

    operate from M0LBL from Royal Albert Dock in Liverpool on Fridays from our River Tug and despite the botttom of the cycle still get some dx in the log.

    Bring on cycle 25 and I will continue to enjoy CW on HF 73 de Bill G0ELZ CW Ops 239 GQRP 5372 FISTS 4818 MF Runde 969
  9. KA4KOE

    KA4KOE Ham Member QRZ Page

    My bro KK4TVR keeps asking me if we are heading into another "Maunder Minimum".
  10. KD0CAC

    KD0CAC Ham Member QRZ Page

    Bad conditions allow for testing / proving your gear .
    Instead of the new ham common , I made a contact 9A9A - to my station always booming because of huge antennas & power .
    Jokingly I've told myself that I need a strong station filter - to make it easier to pickout the weak stations ;)
    Too bad I am a full timer RVer and have little , I mean very little space for antennas , generally elevated verticals only , Cushcraft R5 & R7 , Butternut HV6 & HV9 .
    So bad conditions are an opportunity to find out how to maximize your station , and most [ what 85-95% ] of that is your antenna system .
    Had a fire and lost most of my antennas & future antenna farm seeds ;(
    Just got off a local repeater Sunday swap a ruff HV9 to recondition , and that will have to wait till spring now , no space for bench / repair , have to work off the tail-gate of the pickup , dang one of these days I hope to get back on the road , migrate south in the winter ;)
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