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Author Topic: Hey CW Ops - go to 15 meters!!  (Read 999 times)
OLLIEOXEN27
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« on: January 21, 2010, 09:15:24 AM »

Fifteen meters is open to Africa and most parts of Europe during the local afternoon. I worked a Zambian station mid afternoon three months ago when the solar flux was only 72. Now the solar flux is in the mid eighties so I know the band is open. Where are all the 15 meter ops?

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AE4RV
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« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2010, 09:26:18 AM »

"Where are all the 15 meter ops?"

at work  Sad
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N7DM
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« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2010, 04:56:54 PM »

OR... 'trying' on other band... like '17'... where I rarely can BUY a QSO. Being a 'non-worker'... I am usually 'on' around 1700 to 1900... to a usually dry band...  From Seven-Land I have not heard a signal ABOVE 17 in a long time, beacons included.... in spite of the Flux...
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KF7ATL
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« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2010, 05:00:59 PM »

I've been wondering the same thing!  I frequently check 15 meters during the day.  I hardly ever hear anyone, and my CQs aren't answered.  Band conditions can't be that bad.  What gives?
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« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2010, 05:19:22 PM »

I tuned around 15CW today and heard a couple of EA's and 9J2BO on 15m today (1/23)  sometime around 2000Z or so (?)
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N7DM
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« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2010, 06:07:06 PM »

From here in the Far Northwest... it is simply 'population'. The reports from East Coast are good, just... very few there... unless you work the CB Mode...which I refuse to do...
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AA9KH
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« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2010, 07:54:45 AM »

Just so's ya know ... I get on 21016, 21050 and 21058
whenever time and conditions permit. Tend to ckeck for beacons on 21150 before CQ'ing but some times are pinched for seconds harder than others, hi. GL and CU in the ether.
J
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N3QE
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« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2010, 08:28:27 AM »

Last year in the ARRL Feb DX contest, 15M was consistently open from the East Coast to Europe in the mornings, and there were some astonishing openings to other parts of the world on 15M. I remember working New Zealand and Australia clear as day.

I think overall, the problem is not lack of band openings, but you're right, just lack of activity.
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N3QE
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« Reply #8 on: February 01, 2010, 08:55:15 AM »

Looking at my logs from the past several years, supposedly the sunspot doldrums, I have worked Hawaii on 15M every single contest weekend (both DX and also NAQP/SS contests).

I think this is evidence that 15M will be consistently usable, even when purely from propogation/sunset counts you might not think it's open.

You hit the nail on the head, the real issue is lack of activity.
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W7ETA
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« Reply #9 on: February 03, 2010, 02:00:20 AM »

15 meter ops will be on 15.
20 meter ops are on, well, 20 meters.

During the day, 40 meter ops are, well, waiting for sunset.

Try 30 meters.  30/15 = 2---twice as many ops!
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KC2ZA
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« Reply #10 on: February 05, 2010, 09:36:47 AM »

I have always found it funny that I never hear anything on 15 meters unless it's Field Day or a contest! Guess it's open more then folks think.
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WW5AA
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« Reply #11 on: February 06, 2010, 05:10:55 AM »

I work 15 meters almost every day, CW, RTTY and worked Morocco the day before yesterday on RTTY. I agree that 15 is almost always open to somewhere.

73 de Lindy
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WX7G
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« Reply #12 on: February 06, 2010, 07:28:52 PM »

15 meters does seem to be the upper limit right now for reliable propagation. Checking the DX Cluster Spots (look to the left of this page) and listening everyday for the past few days I hear nothing on 12 meters. I do hear a bit on 15 meters but have made just one contact in that time (CW).

17 meters seems to be the place to be.
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OLLIEOXEN27
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« Reply #13 on: February 16, 2010, 02:30:01 PM »

It's Feb. 16th and 15 meters is still dead despite a flux of about 90. Right now the go to band seems to be 30 - last night at 0600UT I worked a ZL1 and Z30U back to back. That's 8k miles west and 5k miles east. I'd say the band was open.

oli
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KF7ATL
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« Reply #14 on: February 17, 2010, 09:24:24 PM »

Fifteen meters was open to Europe last Sunday morning about 17:00 UTC. I was able to work a French station--my first DX outside of North America. I think I'm going to like 15!
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