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30 Meters: Best DX Band in the World?

Paul Veal (N0AH) on May 18, 2006
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Is 30 Meters Changing to Become the Best DX Band in the World?

Imagine a band that seems impervious to poor band conditions. It hugs the gray-line year round, is open almost 24 hours a day, and at times, offers a private fishing pond for king size DX. Does this sound too good to be true?

Of course it is. But 30 meters offers the next closest thing. Not nearly as affected by static crashes in the summer time as are the low bands, and opened to world wide DX in the worst solar conditions unlike the high bands, 30 meters is in it's own league.

It can't be protected from large amps using full power for the chase but I can attest to the resiliency of the band.

While on Lord Howe Island in March of 1998, the SF=72, K=5 and the A index was around 80. My main band for QSO's, which was never planned upon, turned out to be 30 meters. It followed the gray-line stateside at sunrise perfectly. It was astounding. I did ok on the other bands, working mostly JA's on 17 meters. But nothing came close to racking up the numbers, world wide in big pile ups, then on 30 meters.

So why is 30 meters typically only found on multi-band verticals or just recently showing up on beam antennas? I finally dedicated my Force 12 40XK vertical dipole to be a mono-band 30 meter antenna. Looking at the internet clusters and listening to the pile ups, is 30 meters changing to become the best DX band in the world?

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30 Meters: Best DX Band in the World?  
by KT8K on May 18, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
I've been in love with 30m since I first got onto it. My 5 watts has amazed me there over and over. (worked 3B8, among other nice QRP catches)
I certainly enjoy the freedom from big-power competition, and my HF9v does a fine job.
Best band in the world? Darned close, if you ask me!
73 de kt8k - Tim
 
30 Meters: Best DX Band in the World?  
by AH6FC on May 18, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
Agree. 30 meters is the best band, open when no others are. Great for DX. Would be great for contests too.
 
RE: 30 Meters: Best DX Band in the World?  
by WA2DTW on May 18, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
One of the things that makes 30 so great, even though it is so narrow, is that it is a refuge from contests.
I believe that the contesters have more than enough room on the non-WARC bands.
73
Steve WA2DTW
 
30 Meters: Best DX Band in the World?  
by AB9LZ on May 18, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
Not only the best DX band, but probabaly the best band in general. Nice 'n quiet, friendly folks, great place to run qrp. Now if we could only get rid of those stupid e-mail robots....

73 Mark.
 
30 Meters: Best DX Band in the World?  
by KY6R on May 18, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
I have noticed that the farther we are down the sunspot cycle, the earlier the band opens in the afternoon, and the later it stays open after sunrise - for very long distance DX. This is especially true during the middle of winter - especially this past winter.

I used to be exclusively QRP (not DX-ing - just rag chewing with other QRP-ers), and that's when I first noticed that 30M. When I got into DX-ing seriously, in 2001, it remained such a great band.

And as you say, it is open for good DX just about all day - although not as long distance in the hours before and after noon.

I have even found a few surprises - I could use my Force-12 Sigma 40 XK with a tuner with the antenna set to 40M, and it was still very "hot" on 30M. I even have made some rare DX contacts using my C3SS with a tuner on 30M - i.e. the Andaman Islands a year ago in December.

 
RE: 30 Meters: Best DX Band in the World?  
by WB2WIK on May 18, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
Roger on 30m.

I'm handicapped by having only one vertical and one wire antenna for this band, and often wished I had a lot more because this is a band that experiences rapid fire propagation changes. I've had "local" (1000-3000 mile) contacts go from 599 to "gone" inside of about 60 seconds. More antenna choices would probably bring a lot of those back.

Sure is fun, though, and I also note that DXpeditions are heard more hours per day, and often easier to work, on 30m than any other band.

WB2WIK/6
 
RE: 30 Meters: Best DX Band in the World?  
by PA3GVI on May 18, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
I love 30 meter since I moved another QTH and only had a 2x10 meter dipole sloping down from the chimney to the backyardfence.
I fed it with 450 ohms twinlead and could tune it all bands but it worked best at 40(ofcourse) and 30 meter.
DX-ing was done on those bands but 30 meter gave me some surprisingly good DX contacts.
I remember the afternoon I got into the shack and heard T88BH coming through really loud on 30 and worked him easily.
Little bitt more time was spend on 3Y0X (also on 30)but I finally got him, giving me another DXCC which I never held possible with this low mounted dipole(feedingpoint up 6 meters).
So for me, 30 is magic!

Enjoy the band,73.

Rob/pa3gvi
www.sitekreator.com/pa3gvi
 
30 Meters: Best DX Band in the World?  
by KU4UV on May 18, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
I would like to see more digital activity on 30 myself. 30 is a great band, and it is often overlooked for good DX. If you're a CW guy and a DX chaser like me, 30 is the place you outta be.

73,
KU4UV
 
30 Meters: Best DX Band in the World?  
by N4KZ on May 18, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
The IARU has talked about seeking a larger 30m band at future WRC allocation conferences -- perhaps an additional 50 to 100 kHz. Given the success with 40m, it doesn't seem totally out of the question.

30m is an excellent DX band. Having enough spectrum for voice operation too would be icing on the cake. Take 17m for example. At 100 kHz wide, it's large enough for a nice CW/digital subband while having adequate room for a popular and widely used phone band too.

It would only take another 50 kHz for 30m to achieve similar status. And if anyone fears that a wider 30m band would attract contests, I don't see that as a concern since contest sponsors have avoided the so-called WARC bands and I don't see that changing.
 
RE: 30 Meters: Best DX Band in the World?  
by WA1RNE on May 18, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
N4KZ,

Ditto on allocating phone space on this band. I know the ARRL and IARU have proposed moving and expanding the band to 10.150 - 10.350 Mhz but that only allows CW and digital modes.


The only info I've been able to find on the current "fixed" station occupants from 10150 to 11175 kHz is international broadcast "feeder" stations which send programming to relay sites not served by satellite downlinks.


Curious if anyone knows the answers to these questions:


What distances are being covered by these relay stations?

If the distances are fairly short, possibly line of sight, why wouldn't they use VHF/UHF or a microwave link?

Is this it or are there other occupants besides SW braodcasters between 10.15 and 11175 mc?



Chris, WA1RNE
 
30 Meters: Best DX Band in the World?  
by NT4XT on May 18, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
I love 30m.
Here in the US I heard we can thank Prose Walker for that.
The original W4BW.
Remember Prose Walker.

 
30 Meters: Best DX Band in the World?  
by K5PAX on May 18, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
Great band. I work it using a mag loop tuned to xnsmit frequency running 50 watts on CW and digimodes. It is an excellent place for RTTY, PSK, Hellschreiber, Olivia, and Domino.EX.

My favorite experience on 30 occurred last year. I worked an ON station on low-power RTTY -- a true 599 into the Southwest US -- and was immediately called by a VK RTTY station. My mag loop radiates in two directions and conditions were great both ways!
 
30 Meters: Best DX Band in the World?  
by KX0R on May 18, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
30 meters has always been special to me. I built my 4 X 1625 amplifier rig to cover all the HF and WARC bands as soon as I learned that we would really get 30 meters. It seemed like activity was slow at first, even though the band itself was great. Many people didn't take the band seriously enough to put up much more than a vertical antenna, or else they ran a 40-meter antenna through a tuner to get on. I used crystals in a VXO at first.

30 is right in there between 20 and 40 as a QRP band, with some of the best of both bands. It's much quieter than 40 in the summer, but it's open when 20 goes out too long. Some of my best CW QSO's ever have been on 30, perhaps because it attracts many of the best operators.

One of my nicest memories is the QSO I had with Prose Walker (W4BW then) some years ago. I worked him on 30M CW, and I didn't know who he was - it was a chance QSO. He was very old and in retirement housing, but he explained that he had managed to get up an outside antenna, and he liked 30M CW. As our ragchew grew, he explained that he had worked at the FCC and had been involved in creating the WARC bands. Word by word I slowly realized that I was in contact with the man who had opened the band we were using...he was very modest and minimal in what he said. Later, after he became a SK, I read an account of his work in QST. Clearly his vision and dedication to the concept of WARC bands played a key role in untangling the web of rules and bureaucracy that have opened up the wonderful 30M band for us to enjoy.

I agree that we should keep 30M clear of contests, high power, and other sources of QRM. 30 is special.

KX0R
 
RE: 30 Meters: Best DX Band in the World?  
by NG0K on May 18, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
I just tune my homebrew 40 meter vertical up for 30 meters and work the world on 5 watts with great success. The coax losses with a slightly high SWR on this band really isn't a handicap.

73, Doug NG0K
 
30 Meters: Best DX Band in the World?  
by K5UNY on May 18, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
YEP, one of Ham Radios best kept secrets!!! 30 IS the best all-around CW band that we have in Ham-dom today. I find it really great for my less than 5 watt excursions into the band and fantastic when I go QRO with the full 100 watts of my 1986 vintage Icom 735.
I can get on anytime of the day or night and make a contact and generally have a nice "ragchew", remember those? My antenna is a homemade 23 foot vertical elevated with 6 radials strung out in all sorts of weird directions.
 
30 Meters: Best DX Band in the World?  
by K0RGR on May 18, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
I haven't had much luck with 30 since I've lived in the upper midwest - I suspect that my antennas have truly sucked, and I need to get something else up in the air. Where I live now, there is a broadband noise that messes up the upper hapf of the band.

But when I was in California, I thought 30 was absolutely magic - by far the most interesting HF band unless 10 was open. The easiest band to work DX on at night. And when I was in England last year, I was amazed at what I was hearing - DX from all over the world.

The XYL just declared that I am spending the weekend cleaning house. I was hoping to be doing antenna work instead. Oh well...
 
30 Meters: Best DX Band in the World?  
by WA8MEA on May 18, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
I can recall that 30 meters was where I made my very first homebrew xmtr DX contact, to Liverpool. I followed that shortly after with a contact to Germany.

Two and one-half watts output on both dates.

However, while everybody has floated up the band to 30 meters CW, I have enjoyed some tremendous openings on the now emptier CW portion of 20 meters.

(Shhhhh! Don't tell anybody!)

73, Bill - WA8MEA
wa8mea@hotmail.com
http://HamRadioFun.com
 
30 Meters: Best DX Band in the World?  
by N0IU on May 18, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
There is no question that we all know the value of 30 (and 17) meters... that's a given. It is a few years away, but 12 meters will come back, I promise! The people that need to read this are the ones who whine and complain and bellyache after every phone contest that there are too many contests! When you mention going to the WARC bands as an alternative during major contest periods, it is like you are a two-headed monster. Contrary to what they may believe, 30 is not just for CW. 10.135 MHz is a popular frequency for Hellschreiber. I have even had APRS contacts on 30 meters! The only thing you can't do on 30 is phone... but we already knew that! Now the real challenge is getting this message out to the anti-contest crowd. Well, on second thought, do we really want more QRM on this wonderful band?

Scott N0IU
 
RE: 30 Meters: Best DX Band in the World?  
by N3UMH on May 18, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
30m has been my workhorse band for DX as apartment dweller, at least as far as all-time-new DXCC's have gone.

I think the last 5 or 6 all time new ones I've worked have been on 30m. I'm in the 290's somewhere. Need to get that computer log updated...

Anyway, I love, love, love 30m. It's a good point about beams... relegating the WARC bands to secondary antennas is a terrible strategy if you're a DXer or a ragchewer.

I've never had anything particularly substantial on 30m, but next time I have some real estate for antennas I'm going to rectify that. At least a two-element beam I think. You can get extra gain with 2 elements because you don't have to worry about spanning the band.

Maybe a Moxon would do it... still, even on a bad antenna, it's a great band.

73,
Dan
N3OX
 
RE: 30 Meters: Best DX Band in the World?  
by N3UMH on May 18, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
Incidentally, how many know a cheater who runs high power on 30?

I've heard plenty of tuning-up sounds when big DXpeds are on but it could just be people twirling tuner knobs to figure out the match for the 40m vertical...

It seems to me that there aren't very many, just because I don't get stomped nearly as often in 30m pileups as I do on, say, 40m, even with more-or-less equivalent propagation.

This was certainly true of 3Y0X. No problem on 30, no hope on 40.

Dan
 
30 Meters: Best DX Band in the World?  
by WA3SLN on May 18, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
I average 1200 to 1500 QSO's a year and 95% of these are on 30 meters and I'd say 75% of those are DX. Great band. Maybe I just have a good location but I can usually find somebody to talk to on 30 and have made many good friends. Mike WA3SLN
 
30 Meters: Best DX Band in the World?  
by WM2F on May 18, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
Try a full wave Delta Loop feed verticaly. Works great, very quite and covers the whole band without tuner. Also its not that large. Easy to hang from one support.
 
RE: 30 Meters: Best DX Band in the World?  
by WB4TJH on May 18, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
30 has been my favorite qrp band for many years, by far. It is just about always open, the antennas are a manageable size, power restrictions, and you can just about always find someone to chat with. 4 or 5 watts will work the world with ease, and lots of hams do it with a lot less. It's a great band for operating portable. Now that the higher bands are crashing often and early due to the declining sunspots, 30 is a life saver. I pity the guys who are either too lazy to learn cw or too rusty on it. They are missing out on a lot of fun and qsos. But I guess that makes more room for those of us who enjoy it.
 
30 Meters: Best DX Band in the World?  
by NF6E on May 18, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
Indeed. 30m is a delight. And Pablo's writing is a delight to read. How refreshing. Pablo...write more articles!

Jason, - E
 
30 Meters: Best DX Band in the World?  
by WS4Y on May 19, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
I agree N0AH, 30 meters is a great band. On a recent
one week trip to my daughters place in Georgia I
took along my IC-703 rig and put up a 30 meter
dipole in the backyard trees. Running 10 watts worked
a DL, FP, 6Y and a number of stateside stations.
Real solid enjoyable qsos too. I would have worked
you too N0AH one AM but your CQ's were DX selective.
73, Bill WS4Y
 
30 Meters: Best DX Band in the World?  
by AK7V on May 19, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
30 is my favorite band when working QRP in the field. Unfortunately, there is permanent, loud local QRN on that band at the apartment QTH. Otherwise I'd spend a lot more time on it.
 
RE: 30 Meters: Best DX Band in the World?  
by W2RDD on May 19, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
This thread has reminded me of how great 30 meters can be. Going to tune up the one rig here that covers that band and see if it is still as good as I remember it.
 
RE: 30 Meters: Best DX Band in the World?  
by KB9CRY on May 19, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
Yes 30 is a great band. In four or five years, I predict we'll be saying the same for 10M.

 
RE: 30 Meters: Best DX Band in the World?  
by KD4AC on May 19, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
Guess I'll have to spend some more time there. I'm more into PSK31 and RTTY and haven't heard much...but then I haven't spent a lot of time listening on 30.
 
RE: 30 Meters: Best DX Band in the World?  
by N3UMH on May 19, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
I've not found much PSK or RTTY on 30. Every once and a while a DXpedition will fire up there.

Lots of good contacts to be made on CW though.

N3OX
 
30 Meters: Best DX Band in the World?  
by K7UA on May 19, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
After a lengthy period of inactivity,I recently got back into DXing. I have made most of my new country contacts these past few months on 30M. That is the first time ever for these countries on any band. (I'm at about 275 right now.) I only have a Steppir vertical for any band, but it really works on this one. At this end of the sunspot cycle 30M beats them all for me. A bigger band would be nice. The low power limit may be helping me right now, but I don't see the reason why it should be permanent. (I don't know if the whole world is running at the 200 W limit or not.) It is my favoite band. 73, K7UA
 
30 Meters: Best DX Band in the World?  
by G0GQK on May 19, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
As most correspondents state, 30 metres could be the best DX band, but its difficult to find out when there's nobody using it !

I regularly make CQ calls on 30 metres for at least 10 minutes without any replies, I do the same on 10 and 15 metres, and 15 metres in the past few weeks has been reasonably active and certainly more productive.

The band may be busy in some places in the world but it most certainly isn't being used in Europe, and sadly it never really has been since it was awarded in 1988 (?)

Mel G0GQK
 
30 Meters: Best DX Band in the World?  
by AB7JK on May 19, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
Thanks for the article! I've worked alot of 30M qrp in the past but since switching mostly to digital I haven't been down on 30 in a few years. I just tested my OmniB and discovered it has 30 meter coverage. I know where I'll be tonite!
 
30 Meters: Best DX Band in the World?  
by WN2A on May 19, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
30M and 17M are my most used CW bands.
Fewer contests and other stuff that you find on non-WARC bands. Just a good place to have a QSO.

As to Calling CQ and getting no replies---I just send a 3 by 3 and get a call every time. 15 watts HB into 30M fan dipole- nothing fancy.
 
RE: 30 Meters: Best DX Band in the World?  
by NS6Y_ on May 19, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
I'm listening to a CW QSO on 30 right now. No tuner and a yukko apartment "antenna" right now so I'll just listen. I turned my LDG un-tuner back into HRO and have an electraft ciggy-pack tuner on order, probably have it in a few weeks then build it then duct tape it to the side of the 897 hihi, wait, duct tape's opaque, guess I'd better use scotch tape....
 
30 Meters: Best DX Band in the World?  
by G8UBJ on May 19, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
I put up a 6band trap vertical as it offered 40m with limited space. Now I spend more time on 30m.
All the benefits of 20m DX and 40m consistency with no broadcast stations, SSB overcrowding or splatter!
Maybe I should add some 30m radials HI?
 
RE: 30 Meters: Best DX Band in the World?  
by NS6Y_ on May 19, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
Radials are always good. In fact, raised radials are REALLY good so if they sit on the grass, don't bury 'em.

10.105 seems to be a watering hole on 30
 
30 Meters: Best DX Band in the World?  
by K3TJ on May 19, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
Good point, but if your radials are on the grass, remember to pick them up before you mow.

Respectfully, ed k3tj
 
RE: 30 Meters: Best DX Band in the World?  
by NS6Y_ on May 20, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
Mow?

Hey it's good to hear something (the 30m band) is the bestest band in the whole wide world, I'm still not over what I heard last night - that my old Hallicrafters S-40B that I had years ago wasn't the bestest radio in the whole wide world. Oh dear I'm getting teary again.
 
30 Meters: Best DX Band in the World?  
by 9K2HN on May 20, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
You are right, I started to love 30m since two years now, and I have installed 2 element monobander for 30m by optibeam on my new house and i'm running pileups almost every evening.
 
RE: 30 Meters: Best DX Band in the World?  
by AE6RO on May 20, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
Well, in March I was putting up a homebrew ground plane antenna for 30 meters and I had nothing but trouble with it.
Still, after shortening it to please the city fathers I finally got it on 10.106 MHz with a 1.6:1 SWR.
First I tried CQs with my mighty homebrew 2 watt (at best)transmitter. No results.
Then I boosted the power to an awesome 50 watts with my trusty Navy surplus transmitter.
I heard a fair amount of activity so I called CQ and the band went utterly dead. No one transmitted and no one answered me. At that moment I gave up on 30 meters in total disgust. It's worth remembering that 30 meters is a "shared, secondary" band with Other services.
Now I am on 40 meter CW with a great group of operators and plenty of DX. I would say 40 is the best band now with no sunspots. It really is great!
 
RE: 30 Meters: Best DX Band in the World?  
by AE6RO on May 20, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
Well, in March I was putting up a homebrew ground plane antenna for 30 meters and I had nothing but trouble with it.
Still, after shortening it to please the city fathers I finally got it on 10.106 MHz with a 1.6:1 SWR.
First I tried CQs with my mighty homebrew 2 watt (at best)transmitter. No results.
Then I boosted the power to an awesome 50 watts with my trusty Navy surplus transmitter.
I heard a fair amount of activity so I called CQ and the band went utterly dead. No one transmitted and no one answered me. At that moment I gave up on 30 meters in total disgust. It's worth remembering that 30 meters is a "shared, secondary" band with Other services.
Now I am on 40 meter CW with a great group of operators and plenty of DX. I would say 40 is the best band now with no sunspots. It really is great!
 
30 Meters: Best DX Band in the World?  
by W8ZNX on May 20, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
Hello

stopped chasing dx 25 years ago

tryed 30 meters made a few contacts
but
this part of the cycle
band never open when im in the shack
dead dead dead
not even anybody to rag chew with

late night op
almost never on
between 0500 and 2300 hours local

prefer 80 and 40
most often still open
all night long

camping and field work
still prefer 40

Mac
 
30 Meters: Best DX Band in the World?  
by G4RCG on May 21, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
Hi All,
Think a lot of the guys who have posted replies on here about 30m may have worked me on there. I started on 30m with a butternut vertical when it first became available to the UK and have been on it since most of the time. Its a super band and its great to work the DX on there just about at any time, I have used a 3 and a 2 ele full size yagi on it with great success, just frightning trying to keep the thing in the air. At the moment I am using a rotary dipole at 30m (above my 2ele 40m beam) and it works great and at this time of year I can work into KH6 and West Coast US most mornings around 05.00z -06.00z then VK's & JA's after that, East coast is usually good in our evenings.
Look forward to wkg you sometime on there
Cheers
John G4RCG
 
RE: 30 Meters: Best DX Band in the World?  
by WA5MKA on May 21, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
"Take 17m for example. At 100 kHz wide, it's large enough for a nice CW/digital subband while having adequate room for a popular and widely used phone band too."---N4KZ

When did they make 17 meters 100 Khz wide ? I thought the band only ran from 18.110 Khz to 18.168 Khz (58 Khz wide)! Did I miss something somewhere ?

Tnx & 73,

George---W7KCU, ex: WA5MKA
 
RE: 30 Meters: Best DX Band in the World?  
by WA5MKA on May 21, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
"When did they make 17 meters 100 Khz wide ? I thought the band only ran from 18.110 Khz to 18.168 Khz (58 Khz wide)! Did I miss something somewhere ?
Tnx & 73,
George---W7KCU, ex: WA5MKA"

Never mind ! I was thinking of the Phone Portion of the band only ! Forgot about the CW/Digital only portion. Sorry about that ! Brain Flatulance or a Senior Moment, I guess !

George---W7KCU, ex: WA5MKA
 
RE: 30 Meters: Best DX Band in the World?  
by AA4LR on May 21, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
Back 35 years ago, when I was an SWL, 31m was my favorite band. Unlike 25m and 19m, 31m seemed open all the time, especially in the evenings.

30m shares these great characteristics. It is a fabulous band. The only thing that is missing is more activity.

You can find a little bit of CW activity on 30m most days, but certainly not level of activity you find on 40m or 20m. And RTTY activity is really limited. I think I've had one RTTY QSO.

There's still some packet activity on the high end of 30m -- but not much any more.

If anytihng, we need more CW and RTTY ops on 30m. Get on, it's a great band.
 
30 Meters: Best DX Band in the World?  
by M0RNA on May 21, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
OK...I read this article on 30m and thought I would give it a try as a change of pace from 20m. I tuned up my dipole, set the power on my FT857 to 30w and tuned around the band. I very quickly came across a cluster of stations working 9K2HN and I called him and, to my delight, he came back to me and gave me a good report. I then went on to enjoy another QSO with a OM in Italy. I noticed that the band was less noisy than 20m, and the QSB less severe. I will definitely be spending more time on this interesting band.
 
30 Meters: Best DX Band in the World?  
by LA2MOA on May 22, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
30 Meters is by far my favourite band. I never use more than a 100 watts, and to be true, I do a lot of 5 watts or less QRP work on 30. Last year I worked both FT5XO and KL7J, using a simple trap vertical and my K1 @ 5 watts, from my downtown QTH in Lillehammer. I have now moved out to the countryside to a QTH that offers possibilities to put up bigger antennas. I'm mainly using my 40 meter Extended Double Zepp on 30 meters and the EDZ is doing great! I spend lots of time just listening on 30, and I'm truly amazed! The band is quiet and pretty relaxed, contest-free and CW only. Let's keep it that way! There is no other band that offers me stateside pileups when I'm working barefoot into a wire doublet!
 
RE: 30 Meters: Best DX Band in the World?  
by W2RDD on May 22, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
I was monitoring 30 meters today, 22/5, at 1225 UTC on 10.125. Heard a strong signal sending slow-speed five-letter code groups. Did a bit of that myself back in my Air Force days, but I thought cw was a thing of the past in most military, weather, marine communication transmissions.

Any ideas who/what that could have been?
 
RE: 30 Meters: Best DX Band in the World?  
by N3UMH on May 22, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
They're called numbers stations. Something to do with spies.

www.spynumbers.com/
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Numbers_station


73,
Dan
N3OX
 
RE: 30 Meters: Best DX Band in the World?  
by N3UMH on May 22, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
or at least I think that's what they are. Most of the info I'm reading at those links seems to be for voice stations.

Probably the same thing, though.

-Dan
N3OX
 
RE: 30 Meters: Best DX Band in the World?  
by W2RDD on May 22, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
I'm familiar with number stations and alphabet five-character group stations. Wx forcasts used to sent that way too. Just seemed a bit late in the game for this sort of crypto. Even for messages sent to clandestine groups in the field.
 
30 Meters: Best DX Band in the World?  
by AD1C on May 22, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
30 meters has become the defacto standard for the CW county hunters - there is activity on 10114 just about every day.

ZL9CI in January 1999 was heard on 30 meters almost 24-hours a day in W1 land. Just remarkable.

73 - Jim AD1C
 
RE: 30 Meters: Best DX Band in the World?  
by NS6Y_ on May 22, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
Yeah numbers stations can be voice or CW, the voice ones are more "accessable" to the average SWL and some recordings of some have been used by "alternative" bands in their music. But over the years I've heard far more CW than voice no's stations.

A one-time pad cypher is unbreakable. You can do very decently with CW using a 5W rig. Even in this day and age, the combo is hard to beat.

Even the army is teaching ppl morse these days, CW will never die

(I got a bug, a leg key, and a cool nye speed-x key with a buzzer this weekend, I think I'm starting a key collection.)
 
30 Meters: Best DX Band in the World?  
by KB9BVN on May 24, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
My best DX is on 30m

Jan 12, 2001

FR5FD from EM69 using a Ten Tec Scout at just under 5w to my 40m attic dipole...just about 10,000 miles.

Pat was on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean...my favorite QSL card too.
 
30 Meters: Best DX Band in the World?  
by K0KES on May 28, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
yes I think 30 meters is great I am working towards DXCC on this band for the last six months and I have been pleasantly surprised with some rather rare DX I have been able to work.I just use my fullwave 40 meter loop as I feed it with ladder-line and really have a great time.I notice most DX here in NE usually starts coming thru late afternoon till about one or two am then again near sunrise wish I could put up a better antenna but this one has surprised me many times,I agree please no contests on the WARC bands.A truly good band for DX or rag chewing cu there.
 
30 Meters: Best DX Band in the World?  
by WR1TX on May 29, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
I enjoy 40 and 80 the best, but I'm beginning to like 30 almost as much! The band is open most of the time, and I have had some enjoyable QSOs on that band.

30 really is a great band, everyone. Especially for this slow-speed CW op (12-15 wpm)...

Warren / WR1TX
 
RE: 30 Meters: Best DX Band in the World?  
by VK2JNA on June 1, 2006 Mail this to a friend!
100kHz would be nice but we use phone on 30m, nice & quiet, no competition :-) Its a *fantastic* band. Australia wide coverage all day long & ocassionally some DX too
 
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