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10-Meters is Open

Ed Eggert (K3VO) on November 20, 2012
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Ten meters is open but not many people are using it. Just before the CQ Worldwide Contest ten meters was dead of all activity. As soon as the contest started then 10 as well as 15 and 20 were open to the world. Today the day after the contest I hear two CW signals on 10 plus some beacons. Not a single SSB signal at all. If you tune down to the CB band skip is booming in from all over the country.

I believe that these days hams look at the DX cluster and if they see no activity in there area then do not even try 10 or any other band for that matter. Back in the days before a cluster one would listen to beacons or believe it or not call CQ. You do remember how to do that I hope.

We all wait for the sunspot cycle to come around and frankly I thought this one was a bummer until I started checking the CB bands.

Last Jan. I moved into a new home here in Nevada at the base of the Sierras. Due to antenna restrictions I put up a 1/4 wave ground plane for ten at ground level on my patio. I turned on my rig tuned across ten and heard only one station a KH6 booming in begging for contacts. I gave him a call with my 100 watts and some how got over the Mountain in front of my house and had a nice contact.

Since then the only ten-meter contacts I have had are during contests. We have a large population of hams in our town who are retired for the most part. All have said they though we were having a bad sun spot cycle due to the lack of activity on 10 and even 15. I urge you guys if you want to have a lot of fun try ten meters, call CQ you might be surprised what comes back.

Ed K3VO

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by VE3FMC on November 20, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
I totally agree with your statements Ed. It is amazing how 10 meters just magically opens when there is a contest. A day later you do not hear any signals.

I constantly check 10 meters on 28.076 for JT65 signals and lately there has been a lot of activity.

I was testing a home brewed 3 element yagi this morning. Had it mounted on a tripod 4 feet off the ground. Came inside, tuned to 28.076 and worked a station in Spain with 15 watts. So the band was in great shape!

Call CQ you never know who will come back to you.

73, Rick VE3FMC
 
RE: 10-Meters is Open  
by K3RKU on November 20, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
I agree with you guys. My club has a project to get our techs involved Dec 8 for the ARRL 10 meter contest. I built a simple dipole to show them. I hung it in the shack to see how it tuned. It tuned real short because of duct work and wood. Then I got a 59 from Brazil 5,000 miles away. I hope the band opens for them then.
 
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by SWMAN on November 20, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
I have noticed that 10 is actually open to at least somewhere in the early evenings from here in Dallas. I turn on the radio every evening after work and have always made contacts every day for the past few months. During last weeks contest it was hard to find an empty spot to call on the band. Hope it stays that way. 73 Jim W5JJG
 
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by K1FPV on November 20, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
I have to agree wholeheartedly with your comments. Today, I've called a number of CQs on 10 meters without replies....yet I hear some beacons but no activity. Heck, I'd work more DX on CB than 10 meters if I tried.

Come on guys and gals, we need more 10 meter activity!
 
10-Meters is Open  
by AI2IA on November 20, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Over the past three weeks when checking ten meters for traffic I noticed that I can get three or four contacts, then long periods of nothing, then a few more contacts.

I suppose that it is going to take spreading the word before ten meters begins to sound like a real ham band once again.
 
RE: 10-Meters is Open  
by VE1CZ on November 20, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
I have been playing on 10 meters since I got my ticket back in 1992 and there is not a single day that I can't find someone to talk to or do cw with.10 is a band that has lots of different propagation types,F2,E skip,ground wave and lets not forget tropo.Have a listen to the beacon end of the band.
Bob VE1CZ
 
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by AE5J on November 20, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
I agree. Since retirement, I have been on 10 every day for the last few months. I work mostly digital modes and like to chase DX, so it always amazes me when I hear (and see on the waterfall) ONLY DX stations calling CQ on 10. Many, many DX stations. Once in a while I hear other US stations, but not often. 10 is a fun band because it is easier to work anywhere in the world with lower power settings and simpler antennas. If you're not on 10, you don't know what you're missing. 73 Pete
 
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by W6TGE on November 20, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
I wanted to see what I could do with JT65, so I brought my TS940SAT up to my computer and found an old "10M" dipole in a junk box. I have 10M in quotes as it is about a 32MHZ antenna. It must have gotten cut. Anyway, I hung it in our living room in an L configuration and have worked the US, Japan and even a KL8 on JT65 with 25 watts. OH, I am using an air interface (2 mic's).

It reminds me of being back home (I was K1NBW)decades ago on 10M with a local...W1HDQ ( he was not always on VHF!)and we were just talking on 10M. Someone broke in ...must have been 8 or 9PM local time, and it was a station saying we were the only 2 people he heard on the band. It was, I believe, ZS4LB!
 
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by KD6HUC on November 20, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
It happens far too much. My heart is often broken when I call CQ and get nothing,while listening to beacons all up and down that sub band... Thanks for posting this!!!
 
RE: 10-Meters is Open  
by K0LSR on November 20, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
I've loved 10 meters since the last solar cycle when I had an absolute blast with my HTX-100 25W rig. It was the best. Now, I usually operate with my TS-690S with 100W and have 90% fewer contacts.

I agree that the band is usually open during the day. Last week I scanned up and down the band and heard several DX stations with mini pile ups with tons of stateside stations LOUD and clear calling. When I called CQ (on a different frequency of course)I had only two replies all afternoon. It seems that these days, many hams are only interested in DX or contest contacts and don't really have any desire to ragchew.

I know that the 'old days' are gone but I still miss them.

73!
 
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by NA4IT on November 20, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
PSK on 28.120 was wide open this am.
 
RE: 10-Meters is Open  
by KW6LA on November 20, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Yes……. I have monitored 11 meters for skip since my Tech-plus license back in 1989. I did make a contact or two recently about 28.370 and I thought I was ON 11 meters silly stuff ! !
The only Ten activity I do now is amplitude modulation. Not to be old and starchy , but it is getting weird now a days. To each their own !
 
10-Meters is Open  
by KA5DWI on November 20, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Friends... It never has closed!
It might be a little quiet at times when solar flux drops below 100, but with it hanging in around 120-140 we are seeing plenty of activity.
Unfortunately Ol' Sol isn't co-operating much. Solar flux is down around 20 points this year and activity is down compared to this time last year. The peak isn't expected until late next year so you will see gains sooner or later. Patience!!

I and about 15 other Hams (sometimes many more) participate in PropNET, an ad-hock group that real-time reports conditions on 10 Meters and a few other bands using PSK31 on (28,118.6)
Link:
www.propnet.org
Click on "Realtime Plots".

I have been doing this for many years (2005) and most noticeably have been active during the spring, summer, fall and winter Es season. Our maps include captures between us as well as other non-PropNET PSK31 stations captured.

You will find the maps always active when propagation is there to help you all out.

In addition, since 2005 I have posted or reported on 10 Meter propagation either in the "Library" or on the PropNET-Studies Blog:
http://propnet-studies.blogspot.com/
A number of my studies presented at club meetings, conventions and conferences are on the Blog.

You will see that activity abounds, even in solar minimums.

Enjoy it when you can.
73s
Art
 
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by W6TGE on November 20, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Actually you can look here to see if 10 is open and to where!

http://jt65.w6cqz.org/receptions.php
 
RE: 10-Meters is Open  
by K6CS on November 20, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Once in awhile I tune across ten to see if I hear anything myself (my work load keeps me off the air quite a bit) but I always find a QSO going on clear across the states somewhere. Just the other day I broke in on a conversation between 3-5 guys in Florida (I'm in very far Northern CA.) & told them they were all 59 + 10 in Northern California and I could hear all stations perfectly.

Good Lord, I started bringing mobiles out of the wood work from there. It was a blast!

Just don't forget, 6 meters can be just the same and I LOVE playing on six when I find the time.

73,

K6CS
Charlie
 
RE: 10-Meters is Open  
by KK4AXX on November 20, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
In the year and a half since I sat for my Tech & General tickets I *have yet* to make the first contact on 10 Meters. At first I thought it was my antenna and rebuilt the thing. I even made a second, dedicated 10 Meter vertical.

Nothing. Not a peep.

12 Meters is just as bad with 15 popping up only the occasional signal. Sad. Fortunately, I have the 17 Meter band and its been good to me but the lack on 10 especially is simply mind-boggling.
 
10-Meters is Open  
by ZENKI on November 21, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Thats the real problem today. A lot of hams only monitor the cluster, or they sitting on the internet waiting for some other ham to call CQ. When they hear someone do their dirty work by calling CQ and begin working a pileup, they then move the chair from the computer to the radio.

The worst lazy hams are those who seem to tune the band now breaking into other peoples QSO's when they working the DX. They wont call CQ but will break someones QSO. They really are the new pests on the ham bands.

You typically hear this pattern"

Breaker or worst Breaker breaker" or "Contact"(what is this?

Dont have your callsigns, I would just like to get a signal report"

"Sorry dont have a pen, what was your callsigns and names again"

"Sorry to break your QSO just wanted a signal report from the DX, just running 100 whiskey bottles into a ebay g5rv QSL"

If all these stations who do this every day called CQ the bands would all be open like the old days.

This lazy DX'ers search, pounce and breaking QSO's seems to be the routine these days.

I remember the rules of a few years back when you only broke into the QSO when you had something to add to the QSO or knew the parties in the QSO. Now it seems ham radio is about breaking QSO's instead of calling CQ.

The newbies in ham radio now want "call channels" on 10 meters like their CB days. Yeah its just too hard to swing the VFO knob while surfing porn. I guess they just dont get it!

As everyone else says the bands are always open. Please call CQ even on a dead band.
 
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by KG4FET on November 21, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
I agree CALL CQ and do it more then once. There are, as seen in the below/above comments,many folks tuning through the band. I would advise not calling CQ for 3 minutes though I get bored in a hurry waiting for you to stop so I can call you.. just saying. Everyone listening and nobody talking doesn't a contact make
73 es Happy Thanksgiving
KG4FET Sandor
28.390 phone
28.120 PSK/HELL
 
10-Meters is Open  
by M6GOM on November 21, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
No idea where you got the idea there was no SSB on 10m. Here in the UK I've worked stations from all over the world.

There's 200kHz above 28.485 just for the PT0S DXpedition.
 
RE: 10-Meters is Open  
by ONAIR on November 21, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
10 Meters is open! Most of the time when I call CQ on 10, I will get a response. It's odd that thousands of CBers can be chatting up a storm, while 10 seems quiet! Seek Q, and you shall find.
 
10-Meters is Open  
by W4FJT on November 21, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
I didn't have an antenna, so I built a simple dipole and it's hanging on separators about 6" below my 20 meter dipole. I've got my FT 897 cranked down to 50 watts and running on a wheelchair battery. Saturday morning I answered CQ's from Italy, Germany, Belgium and Sardinia- all with great contacts. As the band opened to the West, it was heavily used by the contesters. You're exactly right, when it's open, it's like they're next door. And you don't need a great antenna, or a lot of power. Of course, these guys I talked to all had a lot of bells and whistles, so they heard me just fine.
 
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by KE4RWS on November 21, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
VE3FMC wrote: "I constantly check 10 meters on 28.076 for JT65 signals and lately there has been a lot of activity"

I also love listening to various digital modes and I just tuned to 28.076 MHz only to find some Spanish woman blasting away on AM and she's tearing a freakin hole across this range (11:00 am Eastern time on 11-21-12).

I swear to God I have no idea why the FCC doesn't DO SOMETHING about these violators. There was a day when you wouldn't *dare* operating where you weren't licensed but if you did they would at least DO something about it.

Today everything is is just a big free-for-all and nobody respects a damn thing anymore. Somebody could be dying and they'd still continue laughing and making jokes about your imminent death. The world just sucks anymore with these cretins f'ing it up for everybody...
 
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by KJ4OBR on November 21, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Give FM mode some love too. I have an FT8900 (FM only) but have worked Central America, Europe, and North America with my measly 50w, and humble Larsen nmo27 whip.

73
Dave
 
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by G6NJR on November 21, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Is this not just simply an side effect of the contest mentality of a large part of the ham clan these days .

No Contest No interest sad but seems to be true .

Pete G6NJR
 
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by AI2IA on November 21, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Somebody has a grudge against contesting so they paste their sour comments on the discussion of ten meters being empty.
No, if ten meters is a little empty it is because more hams need to give it a try.
Contesting is fun for many. It is a useful test of radio skills for most, and it gives you an idea of how well you reach on various bands during various times of day and days of the year.
Personally I enjoy rag chewing best, but I won't pass up a contest, either.
 
RE: 10-Meters is Open  
by KF4A on November 21, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Well said...
 
RE: 10-Meters is Open  
by KE4RWS on November 21, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Most folks don't have a problem with contesting. In fact, it's actually welcomed provided it's done properly. However, the exception are those who rudely conduct their contesting activities without regard to those who are already on a random frequency conducting a conversation until the said contester breaks in throwing their call out 137 times in a row, completely walking over and disrupting whatever conversation WAS taking place, and you know good and well they can hear you and your party conducting a casual conversation but they'll do *anything* to grab that grid or whatever it is they so desperately want.

That's when contesting hurts it's own image when hams who specifically moved far away from the beat & path are maliciously interrupted and badgered such they just turn their rigs off.

That's the kind of contesting we can all do without...
 
RE: 10-Meters is Open  
by W4FJT on November 21, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
When I said the contesters used it heavily last weekend I was just reporting a fact, not commenting one way or the other.
 
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by TTOMAS59 on November 21, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
If you think 10 is bad you should try 6. I got a 6 meter radio abochallengenths ago. I haven't heard or worked anyone except a local about ten miles away on ssb. Cw zilch, jt-6m zilch, fsk-144 zilch. I consider 6 meters a challenge. It's still interesting.
 
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by TTOMAS59 on November 21, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
If you think 10 is bad you should try 6. I received a 6 meter transceiver three months ago. I've only had one contact with a local ten miles away on ssb. All attempts to hear or work someone distant has been futile. That includes using cw, jt-6m, and fsk-144. I got into 6 because I wanted a challenge. I found it.
 
10-Meters is Open  
by TTOMAS59 on November 21, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Sorry for the repeat. Cell phones.
 
RE: 10-Meters is Open  
by PA5MW on November 21, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Check the NCDXF/IARU HF Beacons at 28.200

In 3 minutes you are able monitor 18 different stations around the world, depending on the current condx.

Or check one of the on-line monitoring stations at: http://www.ncdxf.org/beacon/monitors.html

Pity there are no more monitoring stations active in the USA currently...anyone care to setup one?

73 Mark, PA5MW
 
RE: 10-Meters is Open  
by G6NJR on November 22, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
And that is the main type of contesting that takes place rude unruly uncouth people that shout before listening running way too much power wreaking havoc on the bands.

I am glad you have been banned from 17 meters.
 
RE: 10-Meters is Open  
by KB1GMX on November 22, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Been there...

Back in 2010 I kept hearing 10 is dead. IN early 2011
I heard that repeated. So I had some free time to get on a few days a week during the day..

For the first five months of 2011 55 countries using
4W SSB into a PAR EF40/20/10. Added a K6STI loop at 25ft and added 30 more with the same HB radio.

I got busy by time the big outbreak in fall of 2011
so I missed my personal goal of 100 countries in one year QRP SSB on a dead band.

Heard the same song and dance this last year and every time I turned on the radio during the day I worked someone. This fall I find the band is staying alive past local dark to maybe 0000utc or later..

Compared to 6m 10 is way to busy. ;)

Note to 6M commentor, if you really want to work some distance on 6 get the antenna horizontal and at least
3 element yagi or quad and higher.

Allison
 
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by KD0BKH on November 22, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Okay, you got me feeling guilty....

Read this yesterday afternoon and only had about ten minutes of free time, but I thought, "What the heck?"

Dialed through 28.300 - 28.500 one time and had a 5 minute QSO with a KL2 @ 59+ both ways followed by a JA2 @ 55 both ways....

Not bad for my Kansas City QTH with 100 watts into an 80 meter doublet 35 feet up. Now to try calling CQ.... 8)

Ed - KD0BKH
 
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by KB1PXU on November 22, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
10 meters is my new favorite band. I am on it everyday. First place i check for activity early in the morning.
 
RE: 10-Meters is Open  
by K3TD on November 22, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Art, thanks for reminding us that 10 meters never really closes! It is my second favorite band just behind 6 meters. E-skip makes propagation on both bands fun and interesting, and the winter E-skip season has started!

73!
Tad, K3TD
EM10dq
 
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by WA8ATF on November 22, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
You"ll hear plenty of 10-10 numbers and no call sign,
 
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by TTOMAS59 on November 22, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
KB1GMX,

I bought the radio after sporadic e season ended. I think my chances will improve when it begins again.

Tim
 
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by KE4ZHN on November 23, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Ten meters rocks! I worked so many that its like shooting fish in a barrel. The best part is all you need is 100 watts and a wet shoe string and the world is yours on 10. Great band.
 
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by WW2E on November 23, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Ten meters is wide open. I've worked 72 DXCC countries since Oct. 19, 2012 -- that's 34 days ago -- using a 25-watt monoband 10-meter rig and a quarter-wave vertical antenna. If you're not hearing many signals on 10, something is woefully wrong!

73 and good DX,
Phil WW2E
 
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by AC5JV on November 24, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
DE AC5JV,GEORGE, i have been on 10m psk 31,63,&125 for last 7 weeks , 120 qsl cards and i have added 27 countries to my DXCC , best contact so far H44RK SOLOMOM ISLANDS ON 28.120 USB PSK 31. NEED TO CHECK IT OUT HAVE FUN 73 AC5JV,GEORGE
 
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by KD8OSD on November 25, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Well, I don't know where you all are at but here is my experience with 10 meter.

After reading this article I went to 10 meter and starting calling CQ. This isn't the first time i just go there and call.
I have done it loads of times. I spent 45 minutes during the last SSB Rookie Roundup calling cq, I won 1st Place in the 8th call district....and I got the same results....Nothing!

Seriously! I have called CQ on 10 meter till blue in the face and have not gotten one call back. I don't have an obnoxiously long cq, give plenty of time for answers....everything! Not one call back.
In the 2 years I have been a ham, with 5100 qso's in my log, not many of them is an answer to my calling cq on 10 meter. Unless you count PSK31.
Most of my 10 meter contacts are answers to cq's i run across....and that is mainly DX.

My question is......Where are all the new Hams?
They hand out tickets everyday, new listings every single day and 10 meter is dead.
Like another poster said, tune down to 11 meter and holy cow it's packed with stateside callers all working each other. 10 meter still dead.

I have given up on 10 meter.
 
RE: 10-Meters is Open  
by WB9QEL on November 25, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
I don't have a big beam for 10,15, and 20 meters.

I have a Zero Five Vertical and a 40 meter inverted vee.

I'm thinking about putting up a beam next summer but I wonder if it's worth it.

Recently the big Sweepstakes Contest was going on. God must have miracled the bands open. Everything went nuts, you couldn't make an emergency contact it was so dominated by contesters.

When the contest was over, dead again.

Where did they go? A band may be open, but if nobody uses it it's dead.
 
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by W8AAZ on November 25, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
I agree. Now to get rid of this lousy antenna. I can hear them but usually no one can hear me. I need a better antenna for when the band is full of signals but they are a bit weaker. If they sound a little light to me, no way they can hear me. Luckily CB antennas convert readily for monoband use. I did work alot in the 80's by retuning CB antennas. Shakespeare fibreglass half wave(a little more difficult to tune) some 5/8 groundplane(worked great) Delta quad up about 20 feet(worked even greater) I guess I stick with multiband verticals and therefore miss the advantage of a monobander for 10. May sound dead but the beacons tell the truth.
 
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by NN2X on November 25, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
I have a 3 element on 15 Meters, and 10 Meters 4 element about 50 ft...(Yagi)

Almost every day in the morning (In Dallas Area) I can work the usual Europe on 15 meters and 10 Meter late afternoon Pacific Rim (Europe), Having said that,...I might all be because of the antenna array (Modest)...

Not always a 5/9 as of a matter fact, sometimes, 5/1...But all good..! (RX)

I work those who have the verticals, and modest systems as well...(Including Bare foot)






 
RE: 10-Meters is Open  
by NN9S on November 25, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
New ham here -- only had my license for 2 years now. Here's the truth: I have a homemade delta loop that, with a tuner, I can get 10m-80m just fine. But I have *never even tried* 10m -- not once, ever.

Reading books and going through exams, I somehow got the impression that it's some weird exotic band that nobody uses, is basically never open, and doesn't propagate as well as 17, 20, or 40 (where I spend all my time.) So I've never tried.

Also, I think it's sort of intimidating to see the wide spread of frequencies -- 300 Khz just for CW? 1.4 Mhz for voice? I feel like I'd get lost swimming around in there. It feels too big to casually scan for CQs... I fear a caller and listener would pass each other like ships in the night!

Experienced elmers, please set me straight. :-)
 
RE: 10-Meters is Open  
by K3TD on November 25, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
You'll find CW low in the band as usual. Look between 28.3 and 28.5 for USB voice, although you will find USB all the way up to about 29.0 during contests if the band is open. 29.0 is used for AM and 29.6 is the FM simplex frequency, with repeater outputs at 29.62, .64, .66 and .68

The ARRL 10 meter contest is the weekend of December 8/9 - give a listen, you will be surprised at the activity on the band. Propagation has been great for E-skip and F2 skip as well as Trans-equitorial propagation.

Good luck and 73!
 
BEACONS  
by WB9QEL on November 26, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
When the Beacons tell the truth, where are the operators to prove the Beacon is accurate?

One Ham posted that he thinks 10 meters is some kind of exotic Band???

What I'm saying is get on the air with what you have and TRY!

Good God, the Sweepstakes Contesters didn't consult a magic Beacon 8 Ball, they got on the air and dominated the bands.





 
RE: 10-Meters is Open  
by K4JC on November 27, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
10 meters has unfairly been labeled a "solar peak only" band. Yes, it's true that you can do some amazing things on 10 during solar peaks, but even during solar minimums you can make some fascinating contacts on 10. Similar to 6 meters, you can experience Sporadic E, trans-equatorial propagation, and a whole host of others. Here in North America it's not uncommon to work South American stations during a solar minimum. If you have ever tried 10m FM you find a whole other world of fun! For example, the KQ2H repeater in upstate New York can be heard often, throughout the year in many parts of the country. In fact I just ran across some posts dated 2008 (solar cycle rock bottom) where several guys were commenting how well the repeater could be worked from places such as Michigan, Missouri and Louisiana.

If you're not working anyone on 10 meters, you may have antenna or radio issues. After 45 minutes calling CQ someone should have answered! During daylight hours, tune through the beacon portion of the band (28.200 - 28.300.) It doesn't matter whether you can copy code or not, because you're just looking for signals. Even with a "dead" band you should hear one or two beacons. Dial through the whole 10 meter band. If you're hearing nothing, or only very weak signals, then it's time to start looking for problems with your rig or antenna.

KE4RWS: You posted earlier about the FCC's lack on enforcement on 10 meters. Occasionally you will find some truckers using the low end of 10 with "import" radios, but the majority of illegal operation comes from other countries where the FCC has no jurisdiction. Taxicabs seem to be the worst offenders. I have heard interference in Spanish (most likely from South America), Russian (probably around Moscow) and other languages I couldn't identify. These people don't really care that they're operating illegally because they know the likelihood of getting caught and/or prosecuted is slim and the radios are relatively cheap. Plus, if hams aren't using the band, they find it's nice and quiet and will keep on using it. This is another good reason why we should use 10 meters more often, whether the band sounds dead or not!
 
RE: 10-Meters is Open  
by M1BJR on November 27, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Quote>> Also, I think it's sort of intimidating to see the wide spread of frequencies -- 300 Khz just for CW? 1.4 Mhz for voice? I feel like I'd get lost swimming around in there. It feels too big to casually scan for CQs... I fear a caller and listener would pass each other like ships in the night!

Experienced elmers, please set me straight. :-)
<<

Okay, listen around at the 'beacons' part of the band - I don't read code but I can get a PC to do it, or I just look up the frequecy ina beacon list from Googling and get a good idea what country or State I am copying.

Most SSB activity on 10M when it's open is between 28.350 - 28.550 or so, most congregate just below .500 I find.
I have seen openings almost every day for the last couple of months here in UK.

The band is rammed here with Midwest stations many evenings (around 0900 EST).
Almost any morning I can work Asiatic Russia.

Its open, you juts have to find it and a directional antenna makes heaps of difference.
Point it NE just after breakfast as you should find Europe most mornings I would guess.

Have fun - want to try a sked with me?
mbjr at sky dot com
Happy to give it a go.
Steve.
 
10-Meters is Open  
by N0TW on November 28, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
10 meters is very much open. I have many QSOs with the middle east and India that have been made during the past month with many EU QSOs as well.

Hams who are running verticals may want to get a better antenna system - something with gain. A 2 element Quad is an excellent choice and they are not that hard to homebrew.

Remember the old saying .. "You can't work them if you can't hear them?"

Regarding 10-10 operations - the whole idea behind 10-10 is to make QSOs on 10 meters. I have never heard a QSO where just 10-10 numbers are exchanged - callsigns are always used.

Terry, N0TW
10-10 36547
 
10-Meters is Open  
by N0TW on November 28, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
10 meters is very much open. I have many QSOs with the middle east and India that have been made during the past month with many EU QSOs as well.

Hams who are running verticals may want to get a better antenna system - something with gain. A 2 element Quad is an excellent choice and they are not that hard to homebrew.

Remember the old saying .. "You can't work them if you can't hear them?"

Regarding 10-10 operations - the whole idea behind 10-10 is to make QSOs on 10 meters. I have never heard a QSO where just 10-10 numbers are exchanged - callsigns are always used.

Terry, N0TW
10-10 36547
 
RE: 10-Meters is Open  
by K6ADZ on November 29, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Well this really sucks!

I've been away from the hobby for about 35 yrs and just recently got bitten my the ham bug again. I'm in the process of getting a station back on the air and was looking forward to getting back on my favorite band, 10 meters.

Back in the 70's and 80's 10 meters was my favorite hangout. I was VERY active there and am the ex-chapter head of the Trotters and Pacers 10-10 chapter.

But to hear a lot of the comments here, I think I'm in for quite a let down. I was looking forward to making tons of contacts since cycle 24 is peaking, thinking activity would be like it was back in the late 70's early 80's. The band was jumping back then and even when the band was 'dead' there were lots of QSO's to be had. And QRP was a great deal of fun on 10.

I loved this band.

But most of the commenters are saying that there is not much activity anymore, except during contests.

And that really sucks!

Well...I'll tell you this...you can bet I'll be out there calling "CQ 10-10, CQ any station" and running QRP...just like the old days.

Wish me luck.

Barry K6ADZ (ex WA2KLS, 10-10# 21535)
 
RE: 10-Meters is Open  
by WB9QEL on November 29, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
THIS IS K6ADZ

Well this really sucks!

I've been away from the hobby for about 35 yrs and just recently got bitten my the ham bug again. I'm in the process of getting a station back on the air and was looking forward to getting back on my favorite band, 10 meters.

Back in the 70's and 80's 10 meters was my favorite hangout. I was VERY active there and am the ex-chapter head of the Trotters and Pacers 10-10 chapter.

But to hear a lot of the comments here, I think I'm in for quite a let down. I was looking forward to making tons of contacts since cycle 24 is peaking, thinking activity would be like it was back in the late 70's early 80's. The band was jumping back then and even when the band was 'dead' there were lots of QSO's to be had. And QRP was a great deal of fun on 10.

I loved this band.

But most of the commenters are saying that there is not much activity anymore, except during contests.

And that really sucks!

Well...I'll tell you this...you can bet I'll be out there calling "CQ 10-10, CQ any station" and running QRP...just like the old days.

Wish me luck.

Barry K6ADZ (ex WA2KLS, 10-10# 21535)


-----------------------------------------

THIS IS W9ZXT

Barry, I hope any of my comments didn't discourage you regarding the contesters and the activity on 10 meters. Sometimes just getting on the air and trying to make a contact will get you results you never expect.

Good Luck Barry!!

W9ZXT




 
10-Meters is Open  
by KJ6UPL on November 30, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Yes. 10 meters is open. I'm a fairly new ham who tired of 2 meters and thought I'd try the Technician part of the 10 meter band. About two months ago I built a two element 10 meter yagi, put it up at about 40 feet and connected it to my 100 watt transceiver. My first contact was a KL7 in Alaska, 59 both ways. If I recall he said he was running 75 watts.

Since then I've worked probably half the countries in South America, Russia, South Korea, several contacts in Australia and Japan, plus a number of states in the East and Midwest. I think my biggest thrill was hearing a (the?) ZD7 at about 56, 57. The pile up was like nothing I've ever heard before. I gave up trying to work through it, but just listening to it was a kick.






 
RE: 10-Meters is Open  
by KD8NGE on December 1, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
KJ6UPL, good on you for construction and good operation!
And to all, I'm in agreement: when in doubt, throw the call!
A veteran OM gave me that sound advice and it's given me excellent results, and not a few times!
 
RE: 10-Meters is Open  
by WB9QEL on December 2, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Check this article out. Lots of variables.


http://www.eham.net/articles/22254
 
RE: 10-Meters is Open  
by K3TD on December 4, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
This weekend, ten meters will REALLY be open - the ARRL 10 meter contest starts at 0000Z Saturday (Friday evening) and runs through 2359Z Sunday.
http://www.arrl.org/10-meter

E-skip, F2, Tropo, Transequitorial, you name it we might see it this wekend.

73,
 
10-Meters is Open  
by KK4EQF on December 8, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
All my 8 of my QSO's for the contest have been approximately 2 radius miles from my house. Very poor band conditions
 
10-Meters is Open  
by K0VH on December 11, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
10m has been my favorite HF band since getting licensed in the mid 60s. I frequent SSB or psk31 and the wide open spaces are great: 28.120 digital is easy to operate with my 5w QRP rig and 28.3-28.6 typical SSB operation is rarely QRMed. In 2000-02 I even played with 10m FM including some mobile DX and some ragchewing with 10m SSTV. All this for operating from the US upper midwest latitudes is VERY dependent on getting good openings with solar flux above 140 although eskip can surprise at times. We have a local 10m net we'd hoped to use to convince the non-HF crowd to do more even as a Tech licensee on 10m but except for the Sep-Dec 2011 consistent openings, there has been little 10m reliable propagation this cycle to brag about. Even last week's ARRL 10m contest was disappointing except for a nice Sat opening right after sundown, but I still had no DX outside the W Hemisphere except for a D4.

So am I going to give up on 10m? Hardly, I listen almost every day when I'm at home. If my Icom 746 powers on, I will at least scan 28.3-28.6 plus see if any 28.120 or 28.290 cw beacons are coming in. I'm hopeful we'll get a couple more month long periods of consistent F skip DX on this cycle, but am also pretty sure it may be the worst in the 5 I've experienced.
73 Dave 10-10 5383
 
10-Meters is Open  
by N2LWE on December 16, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
I agree with breaking out the old tube radios for 10 meters. When I hear stations on 10 meters, the first thing I do is warm up my old Siltronix 1011C. I know, I know, that's an old CB. Well, far from it as far as I'm concerned. I'm guilty. I bought it from a ham back in 1976 during the CB craze and own it ever since and will never part with it. When I think of 10 meters, I think Siltronix. It has never let me down.
 
10-Meters is Open  
by K3ZL on December 19, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Thanks for the encouragement, Ed. I was so looking forward to this new cycle because I am trying to finish up my 5BWAS, and really need a lot of states on 10 and 15. I, too, can hear all of the beacons, but haven't gotten much response from my CQ's on those two bands.
 
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