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Author Topic: 15 meters?  (Read 931 times)
KB7EPC
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« on: February 28, 2010, 05:01:54 AM »

Hello all hams,I have been out of the hobby for about 16 years and am just now getting back in.A lot has sure changed,I was very sorry to hear of code being dropped.Anyway on to my question.15 meters was always my favorite band,I know we are in a low cycle but the band is open,where is everybody?Has cw died?We have more room on 15 (I am a tech plus) than anywhere else.I have CQ'ed my brains out but nothing.I know the band is open because I hear the phone ops and the digital ops.Last Sunday I went to 21,158 for the slow net but heard nothing,are they still around?Thanks for any input and long live CW.
               --... ...-- KB7EPC Mark
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WX7G
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« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2010, 08:51:33 AM »

15 meters is open every day. Right now I'm hearing a few CW QSO's from 21000 to 21500 kHz. The action on CW is in the extra portion of the bands. Time to upgrade.

17 meters is better at this early part of solar cycle 24. Try that and you'll have fun. Right now I count 8 QSO's taking place from 18068 to 18088 kHz. No extra portion on this band.
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WX7G
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« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2010, 08:56:27 AM »

21000 - 21050 kHz I mean. Most activity is below 21025 kHz.

80 and 40 meters are hot at nite. Lots of USA activity above 7025 and 3525 kHz. Plenty of DX in the extra band.
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KB7EPC
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« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2010, 09:01:36 AM »

Thank you for the reply,it will be a while before I even have time to study for an upgrade,work is in the way right now.I knew 15 was open just do not understand why so little cw.When I first got my ticket back in 1988 it was a hopping band.I will keep trying,and thanks again for the reply. --... ...-- Mark
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KE4ILG
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« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2010, 09:32:49 AM »

If you can work 40 and 80 there are lots of slow coders to work, me included.  Welcome back, I also was gone from ham radio for several years. I'm back and cw is nearly all I do. The 7.100-7.125 is a prime area for slow code.  I like the 7.050 area also.  Jump back in, the water is great.  73, Mike.
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KB7EPC
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« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2010, 10:11:37 AM »

Thanks for the welcome back Mike,hope to work you on the air --... ...-- Mark
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WB2WIK
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« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2010, 12:00:14 PM »

Welcome back!

15m is open many mornings but often fizzles out pretty early in the day, even while the sun's still up.

17m is open more hours, and of course 20's open even more hours.

40m is a good CW band 24 hours a day (local stuff daytime, DX nighttime) and 80m is good from dusk to dawn.

I do not hear much activity at all on what was the old 15m "Novice subband," probably most guys just ignore it because the other bands are better and more reliable.

There's a lot of "slow CW" in what was the "Novice subband" on 40 meters, up between 7100 and 7125 kHz.

In case you're not up on the most recent frequency allocations, Novice and Tech Plus (and all "new" Tech licenses are effectively "Tech Plus") classes can operate down to .025 kHz above the bottom end, so assuming you are licensed to work HF at all (Tech Plus category), no reason to stay up high in the bands, you have down to 7.025 on 40 and 21.025 on 15 (as well as 3525 to 3600 kHz on 80).  It is true that slower speed ops are up higher in the bands, usually.

Try 40, it's quite active and includes a lot of slower speed CW.
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« Reply #7 on: March 01, 2010, 05:26:55 AM »

Now that the high bands are ramping up I have worked a lot of CW on 10-12-15 without spending a lot of time there. I am a low bander and get a nose bleed above above 40 meters (:-) Check the contest this week end and 15 will be end to end with CW. Have fun!

73 de Lindy
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KC6ZZT
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« Reply #8 on: March 02, 2010, 08:13:33 PM »

Welcome back to the hobby. I was away for a good 35+ yrs when I came back about 5 yrs ago.

On the weekend of the recent ARRL Intl DX (CW) contest on Feb 20-21, using 15 meter CW, I worked (amoung others) Japan, Chile and the Azores. All approx. 5,000 miles each in three different directions from my QTH nr. SF.

The solar cycle is starting to get on the upswing again.

73,
Joe kc6zzt
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KB7EPC
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« Reply #9 on: March 03, 2010, 03:26:02 PM »

I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who replied to my post and for the welcome backs.One the things I like about this hobby is how we help each other out. --... ...-- to all and hope to work you on the air.

  Thanks Again,
               Mark
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KF7ATL
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« Reply #10 on: March 03, 2010, 09:17:46 PM »

I'm fairly new to ham radio, but I love operating CW. Fifteen is starting to open up a little. I've made a few contacts there, including one in France, but spend most of my time on 40. Lots of slow speed ops there.
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