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Author Topic: 40 vs 20 meters . . ?  (Read 3023 times)
K5UNX
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« Reply #15 on: April 29, 2013, 08:47:15 AM »

This site:  http://www.dxwatch.com is a good place to see what is going on between the US and the world.

This one: http://www.hornucopia.com/contestcal/weeklycont.php

Will keep you up to speed with the different contests.



Thanks, I have bookmarked that link now.  I'll also check out the dxwatch link.
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N4KC
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« Reply #16 on: April 29, 2013, 09:42:59 AM »

Wayne, welcome to the shortwaves!  I wrote an article for eHam a while back that might be of help to you.  It is a tour of the HF bands.  See it at:

http://www.eham.net/articles/23337

There is also a printable version on my web site at http://www.n4kc.com .  Just click on the "Articles" tab and pick it (or anything else that interests you) from the list.

73,

Don N4KC
www.n4kc.com
www.donkeith.com
(Author of the new book RIDING THE SHORTWAVES:
EXPLORING THE MAGIC OF AMATEUR RADIO)
 
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N6AJR
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« Reply #17 on: April 30, 2013, 10:05:13 AM »

I understand  a lot about propagation but when you come down to it...






its magic !!!!
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WD5GWY
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« Reply #18 on: April 30, 2013, 05:19:53 PM »

40 will always, as others have stated, be a regional band during local daylight hours.
I listen, and occasionally talk to the group you were listening to on 7.195. Most of the
time I am on there (or listening) during the day....while mobile in an 18 wheeler.
7.195 has a very nice group of people on it and everyone, (well, not everyone, some
idiotic jammers are the exception) is welcome. Catch a pause sometime and throw out
your call. You will be surprised how nice that bunch is. Several are either retired or active
truck drivers too.
  Last year, (in the Fall) I was driving to Belton, Texas to the, twice yearly, Belton Hamfest
and around 5am I heard a ZS station ( New Zealand) calling CQ on 7.195. Very strong signal.
I answered his call and talked to him for several minutes. So, you never know what you will
find on 40. It is a good DX band at night.
20 meters and up is good for daytime DX. And 17 happens to be one of my favorite DX bands.
Oh, if your 40 meter antenna is not mounted very high up( 25-40 feet) you will find it works
really good for local daytime contacts.
Have fun and welcome to the bands!!
james
WD5GWY
 
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