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Author Topic: 30 meters - the abandoned band!!  (Read 923 times)
JDWYER
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« on: March 26, 2008, 06:28:23 PM »

What happened to 30 meters? I never hear any activity on it anymore. Except for an occasional dx pileup every 3 or 4 days in the early evening there is zero activity, zip, zilch, nada. The band is mostly open at least till midnight local time because I can hear that high power digi station around 10128 khz. It's soooo sad because it's such a great band for dx and state side contacts.
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JDWYER
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« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2008, 06:36:04 PM »

30 meters is like an ocean with no fish, a church with no members, a refrigerator with no food, a house with no furniture, a poem with no words, an island with no shore, a farm with no animals, a field with no grass, a word with no letters, a flower with no pedals, a hand with no fingers, a sunset with no sky.
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WB2WIK
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« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2008, 08:36:48 AM »

What's your call?

Want a sked on 30m?

I'm on it a few times each week, call CQ and always get answers (usually between 0000 and 0300 UTC).

WB2WIK/6
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AE6RO
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« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2008, 09:49:46 AM »

How about a Sun with no sunspots? Or a haunted house full of spooks? ;> John
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K7UNZ
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« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2008, 09:56:03 AM »

Wouldn't exactly say it's "dead"....this morning (0200-0400 MST) I was working VK's and KH6's no problem, as were several other Statesiders.  90 watts to a vertical.

Been on 30 since the day it opened, and it's still my favorite.  Has it's ups and downs, just like every other band.  But if you like CW it's the place to be!

73, Jim/k7unz
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K0RS
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« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2008, 08:57:40 PM »

Double check your antenna.  I never have a problem scaring up a QSO on 30.  Worked 9M6/N1UR (Spratly Islands) this morning.  Lots of people calling.  Also logged 9X0R, 5T5DC, TX5C and VP6DX recently, not to mention numerous stateside contacts.
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KT4WO
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« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2008, 10:04:12 PM »

I also think you need to check your antenna.
10.137-141 has digi(PSK,etc) signals most of the day.
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WW5AA
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« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2008, 07:11:14 AM »

I hear lots of activity on 30 every time I go there. The cluster is always full of activity. I agree with the others...check your antenna.

73, de Lindy
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N5EAT
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« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2008, 08:37:13 AM »

I listen to the band every evening and if the band condx are ok, there are lots of folks there.  The sunspot cycle has a lot to do with your experience.
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N3WT
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« Reply #9 on: March 31, 2008, 01:55:58 PM »

Like others have said, check your antenna if you are hear nana, zip , signals.

 I always hear plenty of strong signals on 30 meters, DX and Stateside.  Also, a lot of PSK digi mode along with newer digi modes such as  JT65A and WSPR.   mode.

 There certainly is room for more activity though.  30 meters is an excellent band for DX and non DX.  

 
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N2UGB
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« Reply #10 on: April 07, 2008, 07:29:41 PM »

I am frequently on 30 meters running QRP and usually near the QRP calling frequency or SKCC frequency. I don't usually monitor the DX end of the band. Not interested in pile-ups. The 30m band is great for QRP cw, but, as the man said, all the bands have their ups and downs and on and offs. Especially now, propagation being what it is. Try listening to some of the less strong signals. QRPers would be very happy to engage you in a QSO.
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WB4TJH
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« Reply #11 on: June 01, 2008, 10:50:33 AM »

I love 30 meters, and it might just be the BEST DX band. The problem is that there are few hams anymore that even know, much less USE, CW. I still feel that "REAL" hams know the code. But few, if any of the newcomers will ever know the fun of a cw contact. It's the times we live in, like it or not.
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