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Author Topic: Question about 80m in CQ WW SSB  (Read 2542 times)
WS4T
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« on: August 31, 2012, 04:12:35 AM »

This year, for the first time, I'm planning to try an all-band effort during the CQ WW contests. But I've never operated voice on 80m (or only very rarely...) and I'm wondering where the contacts will be on 80m during CQ WW SSB?

I don't have a tuner and my antenna has a pretty narrow bandwidth on 80m so I want to cut it to the best range before the contest (and then extend it back lower for CQ WW CW).

Any thoughts? Remember I'm in Europe.

Tnx + 73,
Gary, ES1WST
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NN3W
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« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2012, 06:17:08 PM »

Between 3650 and 3800.
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AB3CX
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« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2012, 04:08:06 AM »

There will be a heavier concentration in the 3790-3799 window, but they will be spread all over the phone segment.
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WS4T
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« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2012, 02:45:35 AM »

I ended up buying a little MFJ tuner (MFJ-941E) and it seems to do the trick. All my antennas are cut to be resonant, but the inverted L needs help on 80m and 160m due to the narrow bandwidth.

73,
Gary
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W3HKK
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« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2012, 04:28:50 AM »

You will have really  heavy QRM from all over Europe so spreading out between 3600 and 3800 is crucial.  In the past it was 3790-3800 but more and more I hear sigs all over. If your antenna  BW is narrow, you will be limited. and face more QRM. But at elast you can get some mults.

Good luck. 

PS If you hear WW8OH, our contest station on 160-10m, give us a call.  We're using a 160M horizontal loop at 70 ft for 160-40, and a hexxbeam on 20-15-10.
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« Reply #5 on: October 29, 2012, 05:08:52 AM »

FWIW:  Our 400w club station to a K4KIO hexbeam at 30 ft ( plus a 160M horizontal loop at 70 ft) racked up 731 QSOs and 777,733 points in the CQWWSSBContest last weekend, with 4 operators/loggers and one station.

581 of those contacts came on 10-15-20m with the hexbeam.  150 QSOs came on 160-80-40m. Total QSOs were highest  to lowest on 10-15-20-40-80-160.  But we were forced to choose sleep over  more nighttime operating, with just 4 ops/loggers, and went with higher rate bands over the slower but still fun lower bands. 

Modest station. Great club fun.  Super results.
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