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Author Topic: The future of HF?  (Read 2580 times)
K0UA
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« Reply #15 on: October 15, 2017, 06:12:31 AM »

Or, you can go to FT8 and work DX all day any day on 15 and sometimes on  10 meters. Even when the band is "dead"  Of course any of the lower bands are full of DX digital signals. 
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« Reply #16 on: October 16, 2017, 09:49:41 AM »

Or, you can go to FT8 and work DX all day any day on 15 and sometimes on  10 meters. Even when the band is "dead"  Of course any of the lower bands are full of DX digital signals. 

FT8 is very encouraging. What was the motivation to build a station when you couldn't work anybody? Getting ready for the sunspots a few years down the line, what? Now 10 watts will work the world at the bottom of the sunspot cycle. It's a new era of Amateur Radio.
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« Reply #17 on: Yesterday at 03:52:41 AM »

End of sun spot cycle is not the end of HF.
At the bottom of the last cycle I worked my very first VK station on 20m SSB with a wire loop antenna. Only got a 55 report but a complete QSO.
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« Reply #18 on: Yesterday at 09:05:14 AM »

End of sun spot cycle is not the end of HF.
At the bottom of the last cycle I worked my very first VK station on 20m SSB with a wire loop antenna. Only got a 55 report but a complete QSO.

Agreed, all is not doom and gloom,  Just go lower in frequency.  The lower HF bands usually work fine in low sunspot activity time.  I will be improving my 160 meters antenna as soon as the ticks and chiggers are put to bed.
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