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Author Topic: PSK31 Startup - which band is most active?  (Read 20273 times)
KI4NWE
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« on: April 23, 2011, 07:20:17 PM »

I did some PSK31 about 4 years ago before we moved to our present location which is not covenant/physically friendly for external antennas.  I went mobile with the Kenwood 480 so I can operate HF now when I'm out and about.  While all my attic antennas bellied up on phone, I'm thinking about trying digital on an attic antenna.  I would rather not spend a lot of time going for a particular band to discover that band is not a very active band for PSK.  What band is the best place for me to start, considering I may be limited to one band?
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« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2011, 07:34:04 PM »

Everything depends on band conditions, but overall I would say 20m would be your best bet.  I have made a lot of contacts on 15m this month also.

Having said that with a 220' loop I have made contacts this month on 10m, 15m, 17m, 20m, 30m and 40m.  If you are going to do PSK-31, I would also recommend you try JT65-HF.  I have made contacts on 20m into South Africa with it in the last two weeks.

Good Luck and welcome back to the hobby.
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« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2011, 08:06:52 PM »

20 meters (14.070 MHz, USB). There is always plenty of activity there even if the higher bands are open.

2nd choice is 40 meters (7035 MHz, USB). When 20 meters shuts down at night, that's where most operators go.
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WD0MYM
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« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2011, 10:02:18 AM »

I have a 20 meter dipole in the attic and use 20M PSK31 often. I also use the JT65HF program. I see Japan nearly everyday on 20M JT65 and worked Alaska a couple days with it. You can nearly make contacts 24 hours a day with the JT65 on 20M.

Jon
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KI4NWE
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« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2011, 02:44:43 PM »

Thanks for your feedback.  I'll have to check out JT65.
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KG4LMZ
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« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2011, 06:05:07 AM »

2nd choice is 40 meters (7035 MHz, USB). When 20 meters shuts down at night, that's where most operators go.

Sometimes I see traffic around 7070 kHz, too.
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WD0MYM
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« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2011, 07:13:38 AM »

Thats the one reason I like JT65/20M, I didn't realize the band was pretty much open all the time. I often let JT65-HF run overnight on 20M and most everyday see Japan, Australia, HI between midnight and 6:00AM Central (Missouri) time. I see Alaska nearly everyday also. I can work them with a simple attic dipole. I will admit JT65 is not for everyone, I prefer PSK over it, but I do find it interesting.

Jon
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STAYVERTICAL
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« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2011, 12:37:13 AM »


Hi,

14.070 is the most dependable.
21.070 in the afternoon/evening is becoming dependable.
28.120 in the afternoons is becoming very good - especially with small antennas.
18.100 good signal strengths but not many stations have antennas for this band.
24.920 same as 18.100
10.140 good in the mornings but radar kills it many times.

If I were you, and I wanted to have the most varied contact ensemble, I would
set up for 14.070 and 21.070.

But don't discount 28.120, it has great signals and distances at surprising times.

I have found, logically, the bands for which many hams have beams (20/15/10) support
the most stations.

40m is ok as well, but I am a DX hound, so use that band mainly for outlining which part
of my body is aching the most that day. hi.

73s


 
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N1EN
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« Reply #8 on: May 05, 2011, 07:29:40 AM »

In the month since I got on the air, most of my PSK31 contacts have been on 20m.   

Other bands in my logbook in order of PSK31 frequency: 15m, 40m, 30m, 17m, 10m, 80m, and 12m.   I prefer 15 and 30 due to the crowding in 20. (There's nothing like chasing weak DX when a strong station starts calling CQ right on top of the station you're attempting to contact.)
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KJ4VTH
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« Reply #9 on: May 09, 2011, 06:16:04 PM »

(There's nothing like chasing weak DX when a strong station starts calling CQ right on top of the station you're attempting to contact.)

Don't you just love that?  My other favorite is someone calling CQ DX CQ DX with DX station calling CQ CQ right nearby.  I have worked both of them on occasion with my weak station and surprised they don't hear each other. 

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KC2UGV
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« Reply #10 on: May 19, 2011, 09:06:04 AM »

20 is definitely the most active.  If you like your QSO's short and sweet, 20 is the way to go (During the day).  40, is about that way at night.

However, 21MHz and 10MHz, being WARC bands, are nice ones for long QSO's.  And, both have the advantages of requiring smaller antennas.
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K9MHZ
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« Reply #11 on: May 31, 2011, 07:38:51 AM »

Dittos on 14.070

You'll be amazed at what comes across your screen, especially now.

Have fun,

Brad, K9MHZ



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