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Author Topic: Dead bands ?  (Read 1818 times)
SWMAN
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« on: May 27, 2012, 11:50:06 AM »

 Have most of the bands been almost dead the past few weeks or is my receiver or antenna going bad. 10, 15, and 20 almost silent during the day and early evening.
 Just curious 73 Jim. W5JJG
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N4CR
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« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2012, 12:39:39 PM »

Where are you located? In Florida on 15 meters right now I'm tuned to 21070 and hear at least a dozen stations running PSK31 and CW.
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« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2012, 12:54:04 PM »

Ten wasn't great when I listened earlier today (Sun 27th) but if you tune across 21001 to 21100, you should be hearing nearly wall-to-wall CW signals from the WPX contest.  Fifteen has been booming!  Smiley
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SWMAN
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« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2012, 01:02:14 PM »

 Forgot to mention that I am in Texas and only use phone SSB. That mode has been dead on the bands. Yah, I do hear lots of CW now that you mention it.
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KE4YOG
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« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2012, 01:06:56 PM »

I have not been on since Thursday but 15, 17, 20, and 40 were open on SSB. I worked UA6BRD at 0342 UTC which is 2334 local time. I also heard but could not work a couple of more DX stations on 17. That is a little late for me on 17 phone.
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AC5UP
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« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2012, 01:15:50 PM »

Six was open around noontime on Sunday... Arizona and NY into the Red Dirt Riviera.
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N4NYY
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« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2012, 05:43:45 PM »

In NJ, the 15-17-20M bands are eh, during the day. Pick up in late afternoon. 10 and 12M are totally dead outside of the USA.
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K8AC
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« Reply #7 on: May 27, 2012, 06:18:12 PM »

With this sunspot cycle, you just have to be in there listening EVERY day.  While the higher bands have been generally poor the past few weeks, yesterday and last evening were the best openings I've heard in the past 10 years on 15 and 10.  Last evening, 15 was open till at least midnight here in NC, and I was working Asians after 11PM in the contest. 
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K0YHV
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« Reply #8 on: May 27, 2012, 09:23:25 PM »

15 was excellent for the CQWPX contest this weekend. Worked Sudan, Republic of Georgia, Japan, lots of Europe, and Brazil was booming in here like never before-pinning my S meter.

John AF5CC
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« Reply #9 on: May 28, 2012, 07:17:15 AM »

As an old ham told me one time, "There are no QSO's because everyone is listening"

Clif
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« Reply #10 on: May 28, 2012, 10:48:56 AM »

I agree that 15 and above have been really thin and hard to work the last few weeks.  If it wasn't noise, it was bad propagation.  Lately, things have started to open up and I actually heard someone on 10 last night.

The big thing I have noticed is that the time of day is critical and some openings come and go rather fast, so you would want to look many different times during the day.  While the "everyone is listening" excuse sounds good, propagation really does matter.  Last summer, I could have called CQ for 24 hours a day on the entire 10 meter band and I would still have not made any contacts to speak of.  Come fall, you were struggling to find an open frequency where you could call. 

Check the frequencies where the beacons are and you can get an idea of what is open.  The beacons never "just listen".
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« Reply #11 on: May 28, 2012, 11:18:14 AM »

As an old ham told me one time, "There are no QSO's because everyone is listening"

Clif

Same thing I was told.  When the band is "dead," call CQ.

I've noticed today that 10 is quiet but 15 is really active.
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N4CR
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« Reply #12 on: May 28, 2012, 05:54:10 PM »

I made contacts on 10, 12, 15, 17, 20, 40 and 80 in the last day.

If you're not hearing people you need to check to see if your coax got cut.
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