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Author Topic: 40 CW Alive and Well while 40 fone useless tonite.  (Read 405 times)
KW4CQ
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« on: February 04, 2004, 11:47:21 PM »

Wednesday nite 10 PM ET, counted 22 CW QSOs in progress between 7000 and 7050 and not a single fone QSO between 7150 and 7200, just foreign BC.  Long live CW!!!
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WB2WIK
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« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2004, 08:06:37 PM »

No doubt.

Although I'm finding both 40CW and 40SSB pretty interesting lately...great propagation and quite a lot of activity, even between and on top of the BC stations!

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« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2004, 01:23:57 PM »

Just as an example, EY7AF in Tajikistan was 599 this morning at about 1250 UTC via a perfect gray line path.  The Russian cluster beacons have been strong here in the evenings and mornings.  Lots of CW activity.

As a side note, I've noticed that this season 80m seems to have a whole bunch more CW activity on it then in recent years.  In fact, on some (non-contest) nights I can count more CW stations on 80m then phone stations on 75m!

It sure is contrary to the prevailing propaganda.

73,
Steve - AA5TB
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KW4CQ
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« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2004, 11:48:17 AM »

I've got to agree with you there about propaganda, Steve. CW is a VERY active mode these days, even more so in Europe and other countries outside the U.S.A.  Makes you wonder if we U.S. hams have become disenchented with CW and addicted to phone operation.  I personally like to keep a healthy balance operating between phone, CW, and digital modes.
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K7VO
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« Reply #4 on: February 29, 2004, 05:42:52 PM »

40 CW is also a great place for QRP operation, mainly in the 7.030-7.040 section of the band.  I have a little Mizuho P-7DX 600mW 40 CW portable with the optional filter.  I love the thing and haev no problems making contacts with the rig running on penlight batteries, a straight key, a Mizuho KX-QRP tuner, and a wire thrown up in the trees.

I agree with Steve about 40 SSB, though.  I worked a station in New Jersey the other day and got a very nice S7 report and disbelief that I was running 10W and a dipole Smiley

72/73,
Caity
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