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Author Topic: 40 meters "going long"  (Read 530 times)
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« on: January 11, 2010, 06:24:28 AM »

I read on contesting.com before the NAQP that it was expected that 40M would "go long" early, and that was absolutely correct. In previous Jan NAQP's I never really racked up all the QSO's and mults I wanted to on 15M and 20M so I spent the time up until 5PM local time (East Coast) trying to work 15M and 20M. My rate was not high at all but I did do better than previous winters. By the time I got to 40M at 5PM local time on the East Coast, it had definitely already "gone long". I worked the midwest and west coast over and over and over again at a really good rate on 40M, but missed all the East Coast 40M multipliers, they were nowhere to be heard.

This surprised me. I like to think of 40M as my favorite band that I know and love, but I didn't see this coming.

80M activity started peaking up real early too, I went there and ran for a real long while but whenever I looked back at 40M after about 8PM local time it was dead. I don't think the band was dead, I think that all the NAQP participants except for a few hardy souls had switched to 80M and 160M at that point.

Gotta remember this for next winter! Definitely do some more band hopping listening for when 40M opens to the east coast.
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