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« on: October 13, 2007, 09:15:06 AM »

It's the bottom of the sunspot cycle, and 15m is booming with EU DX and I can hear 3C7Y on 12m.  WK3I just worked him.

Don't forget to check those high band spots from the EUs ;-)

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« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2007, 01:11:17 PM »

Here's hoping 15 stays alive for CQWW-SSB in 2 weeks, and dare we hope, an opening or two on 10?
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« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2007, 02:13:09 PM »

If anything opens 10m in the sunspot trough it's CQWW contests.

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« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2007, 05:55:08 PM »

The bands were most certainly not "dead" from 10/12-10/14/2007. I knew something was up when I worked BA7IO after dark here in NY on 20 meters, and then worked all the DX peditions over the next few days. 9M6, JA again on 20M, and Africa on 15 Meters, plus loads of EU and SA on 15 Meters as well. So something is happening with the radio flux..here we go I hope.
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« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2007, 03:44:32 AM »

So something is happening with the radio flux..

Yes, once in a while this will happen even at the bottom.



here we go I hope.


Sri but nope, most experts are now predicting the bottom will be in March, 2008.  We've got about three more years to go but the experience above hopefully will keep you interested.
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« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2007, 10:38:55 AM »

Agreed that nothing's looking up yet for the cycle, but it's just good to remember the upper bands have some good DX.

My new 12m antenna is a simple variant of the half-square   and my power is 100W, and I worked Z29KM for a new one on 12m today (10/20)

I also heard ZS6BQI calling CQ.

My propagation software does in fact show the possibility of propagation to Zimbabwe on 12m pretty much all afternoon with SFI = 67.

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« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2007, 08:05:30 PM »

I work Japan almost every morning 5 AM PDT to 7:30 AM PDT 7020 to 7030 khz.  Been doing it for years, SS low or SS high.
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« Reply #7 on: October 28, 2007, 06:36:31 PM »

the bands are not dead today october 28,2007 I worked africa and south america on 10meter and the last time I checked thay we not dead but some times thay do seam like thay were dead but just listen up and cheack them and you will find thay are not dead.
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« Reply #8 on: October 29, 2007, 09:29:24 AM »

There is no specific definition of "dead" except as it pertains to plants and animals, where death can be determined by physical exam. The bands were very good this past weekend of the CQ WW SSB, including 15 and 10 meters. Get everyone on the air at once and you find out.
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