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Author Topic: Is 20 Meters Dead Tonight?  (Read 501 times)
KE5HJO
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« on: August 29, 2007, 07:47:18 PM »

I know band conditions are a bit rough now and I know that 20 Meters fades out in the evening but, man, you ought to be able to hear something. Checked the antenna, TX works, RX works, SWR 1:1. Nothing but SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS on the audio (that's the hiss of static).

I've been calling cq on 14.037 for a while. No takers yet. Come on sun spots!!

Mike
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8/30/2007
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N5EAT
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« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2007, 09:26:22 PM »

20 has been generally SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS for some time now.  I've been down on 40 lately.   It seems to be the best band for the buck at this point in time.

Every now and then 20 opens up and sounds like "old times".  In 12 months or so things will start getting better..
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N3OX
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« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2007, 06:00:36 AM »

"but, man, you ought to be able to hear something"

Not necessarily... though at 0245Z I'm surprised you didn't hear *anything*.  I'd think you'd still hear some stuff to the west.

It is possible though.

At 0245Z I was working loud stations on 40m SSB.

73,
Dan
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Dan
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WB2WIK
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« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2007, 08:06:51 AM »

20m was pretty shot last night (Wednesday night, August 29th local time).

I went to 40m and made several contacts easily.

"Follow the propagation..."

30m sounded okay also.  The m.u.f. sometimes hovers around 10 MHz for hours (for any useful path between me and the world) and 30's wide open while 20's completely closed.

WB2WIK/6
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