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Title: 160M CQWW SSB - Conditions at your QTH?
Post by: W3HKK on February 26, 2013, 09:28:05 AM
In central Ohio. we had the entire 160M band filled with loud sigs both nights.   BUT, QRN was abnormally high, at S-9+10 dB, that  made copying the many  weaker signals impossible.  You could hear 1-3 stations in there calling after most CQs but couldnt pull the calls thru.  Bummer!

Also, northern circuits werent good.  Not so many 1's, West Coasters, and BC/Sask/KH6/KL7, and the hoped for opening to EU wasnt there, in good part due to the  QRN issues.

Got plenty of " Big Sigs", "59+20-40" reports/comments, but  hearing the other guy was the problem.

The 2013  WW8OH  500w to a 70 ft high 1 wavelength horizontal loop, M-S entry  managed 840 Q's in 71  mults, and doubled our score from 2012.  But without the warm WX/QRN issues, it would have been 1000 Q's for sure.

How about where you were?


Title: RE: 160M CQWW SSB - Conditions at your QTH?
Post by: NO9E on February 27, 2013, 10:53:15 AM
The band was full. Conditions to the west worst than usual. Stations one on top of the other. It really helps to have long beverages or 4-8 squares with excellent F/S and F/B.

I have 2 Hi-Z 3 el vert. The west was catching broken TV cable (neighbor is old and does not want to talk). NE was hearing line noise. The east heard an old TV.

I did 400 QSOs operating from 18-22 EST both days and 6-8 EST. No CA, OR or WA.

Several strong stations had wide signals with high IMD. Good for them and bad for everyone else. I will start a different thread for this.

Ignacy

 


Title: RE: 160M CQWW SSB - Conditions at your QTH?
Post by: W3HKK on February 28, 2013, 06:44:16 AM
I see we worked  in the 160 ssb test. ( Club: WW8OH).

RFI and QRN are  brutal on 160.  I  spent 2 yrs with constant 20 over power line noise that I just tracked down and resolved.  Now I am left with S5 noise, but  intermittent S9 burst from other sources, that Im working on.  Utility was very cooperative but not very skilled at finding the sources.  Once I pinpointed the pole, the cleaned house and spotted the arcing lightning arrestor  ( heard it from the ground!)