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Author Topic: PNW VHF AM Activity?  (Read 2828 times)
K5MYJ
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« on: February 27, 2014, 09:58:27 PM »

Is there any VHF AM activity in the PNW?

6M 50.4
2M 144.4

Bob Macklin
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Seattle, Wa
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« Reply #1 on: March 05, 2014, 07:07:30 AM »

Not that I've heard much, but if you're on the air, maybe that could change?
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« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2014, 07:30:01 AM »

I'm in Kent. Where are you located?

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« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2014, 04:46:24 AM »

I'll gladly play AM, but all I have for metal bits on those bands are ground plane verticals.
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« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2014, 06:05:12 AM »

That's all I have for FM.

QRZ shows you in Bellevue. There ia no way we can work direct from Bellevue to Kent.

Someone in the Renton/Kent/Auburn should be possible.

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« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2014, 08:31:34 AM »

Now that I've seen your QTH on the map, you're probably right. Although, it doesn't hurt to try! Best of luck getting some regular conversation on the AM side of things.
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« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2014, 08:55:19 AM »

My main active days were in the 60's and 70's. When I started again ten years ago I have found out that ham radio today is totally different from what it was then.

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« Reply #7 on: March 06, 2014, 12:37:02 PM »

From Kent, you can point a big antenna at Mt. Rainier and talk to pretty much anyone in the Puget Sound area with a similarly large antenna (or so I've heard). That's a lot of work to avoid using one of the many repeaters in the area, but if you want to use SSB...

SSB range on 2m is pretty good. From my house at about 300' MSL, I've made 2M SSB contacts into Seattle and Redmond, but I think Bothell is in the way for me to make it to Kent and Renton. I hit one guy in Portland, during a contest, but I'm guessing he had a very large antenna array.
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« Reply #8 on: March 06, 2014, 04:40:44 PM »

I am antenna limited. I could work 2M FM simplex here in the Kent valley (Renton/Kent/Auburn).

For SSB I have a real 2M dipole in my living room window facing south. But the only time I hear any 2M SSB is during the weekly nets(MAYBE) and on contest days.

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