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Author Topic: Which HF band for local QSO in UK (Excluding FM)?  (Read 4246 times)
OTTAVIO
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« on: October 09, 2013, 09:11:03 AM »

Is there any such band of frequency portion anywhere in the Ham spectrum where UK operators hang out on SSB?

I would have though that 2m was the right place but I have been put off by this thread:
http://www.eham.net/ehamforum/smf/index.php/topic,92109.0.html

I am in the process of ordering a Ten-Tec 1056. Which band would be the most appropriate, if any?

At the moment I'm interested in SSB receiving, with a view to practice CW.

Thanks
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G3RZP
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« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2013, 09:43:49 AM »

Some at night on 160m: 80m and 40m during the day, 80m at night. 40m during the day can see plenty of western EU stations as well.
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OTTAVIO
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« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2013, 11:20:48 AM »

Thanks Peter, what about weekends, daytime? Same as other days?
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G3RZP
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« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2013, 01:34:46 PM »

Same at weekends, but generally more activity, especially Sunday mornings, with nets on 80 and 40.
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OTTAVIO
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« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2013, 02:13:20 PM »

Thanks again. I've just discovered websdr (the receiver in the NW of England) and I have noticed lots of activity on the 160m and 80m and surprisingly almost nothing on the 40m. It was more than 8 years that I didn't browse those bands.
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G3RZP
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« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2013, 04:18:44 PM »

UK stations on 80 and 40, especially in daytime, are very dependent on conditions: generally better in winter, with 40 slightly better at sunspot maximum - such as it currently is, which isn't much.

However, I've been too busy to get on at all this year, in spite of it being my 50th year licenced. People keep wanting me to write articles, give presentations and now go to CEPT meetings for IARU - just as I thought I'd retired from all that!
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M6GOM
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« Reply #6 on: October 13, 2013, 08:25:14 AM »

40m is the most common band during the day/early evening with 80m coming into its own during the night.
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G3ZPF
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« Reply #7 on: October 18, 2013, 08:52:33 AM »

5 megs is a good band for inter-G during daylight. Low aerials seem to suffer less QSB that ones at a 'normal' height.
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G3RZP
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« Reply #8 on: October 18, 2013, 01:41:51 PM »

5 MHz is another one of those things that doesn't interest me. Seems to me to be too much playing paramilitary. If we get a band there at a future WRC, that's another matter, but channelized is just another CB.
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G3ZPF
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« Reply #9 on: October 19, 2013, 01:20:28 PM »

Paramilitary?

I'm a CW op so the narrow 'bands' provide reasonable room to move around.
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M6GOM
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« Reply #10 on: October 19, 2013, 03:28:56 PM »

5 MHz is another one of those things that doesn't interest me. Seems to me to be too much playing paramilitary. If we get a band there at a future WRC, that's another matter, but channelized is just another CB.

5MHz has been a military allocation for decades and up to recently was used pretty much exclusively by the cadets. There is no "playing paramilitary" going on at all.
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G3RZP
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« Reply #11 on: October 19, 2013, 03:32:29 PM »

It's still all fixed channels and thus  'pseudo CB'.
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N1UK
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« Reply #12 on: October 26, 2013, 01:16:58 PM »

I thought that about channels but the nice thing is that you never have some idiot moving in and splattering all over you.

Lets hope for a band allocation and a higher power limit in the future.


Mark N1UK G3ZZM
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