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Author Topic: How's 15 Meters These Days?  (Read 418 times)
KD6DXA
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« on: June 05, 2005, 03:47:54 PM »

I just purchased a Swan 350 and am looking forward to some CW for the first time in a couple of years.  My apartment is small, but I think I can manage a dipole for 15 meters outside my apartment (without it being too obvious).  At this point in the sunspot cycle am I completely wasting my time with 15 (or even 10) or is it worthwhile?  I have never used 15 or 10 since my previous rig only covered 20, 40, and 80; so I am a total newbie to 15.  
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K5DVW
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« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2005, 08:02:17 AM »

In the past few weeks it's been open maybe twice for me during the early evening. All was DX. It's not as dead as 10m, but not hopping either.

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WB2WIK
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« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2005, 08:46:32 AM »

The MUF has been hovering around 15~20 MHz quite a lot, making 15m "closed" when 17m is "open."  I use all the HF bands and my 5-band beam covers 10-12-15-17-20, so I just follow the propagation; but I do notice that it's very common for 17m to be open and have activity when 15m is closed and has none.  Amazing how much difference 3 MHz makes at this point in the sunspot cycle doldrums.

Unfortunately, the SW-350 doesn't cover 17m!

If I were you, I'd put up a loop or loaded dipole resonant on 20m.  15m may be open now and then, but 20's far more reliable, of the bands the 350 covers.

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K7VO
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« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2005, 01:47:13 PM »

I've found quite a few 15m openings in the very early morning, occasionally around midday, and sometimes right around sunset.  It's probably open at least briefly on most days but it is no longer a band you can count on.  This is typical to slightly worse than typical for the bottom of the cycle.  It's still the easiest band to work into the Middle East on in the morning from the east coast and midwest, with 17m better later in the day.

I certainly wouldn't give up on 15m.

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