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Author Topic: have the band conditions on 20m dropped off to almost nothing in the mornings?  (Read 1357 times)
KF7NUA
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« on: October 12, 2012, 08:35:24 AM »

being fairly new to Ham Radio I have been wondering if I am having trouble with my mobile equipment or have the band conditions on 20m dropped off to almost nothing in the mornings? I can hear a few stations but I am having a harder time checking into a net that I regularly check into every morning? Is there anything I may need to check, equipment wise?

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NO2A
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« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2012, 10:10:06 AM »

Conditions can be bad in the mornings on 20. The band is usually much better in the afternoon-evening,and late evening. 40m might be a better choice for mornings. At least at this point in the sunspot cycle.
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KF7NUA
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« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2012, 07:04:08 PM »

found my problem, tuner got bumped and everything went downhill fast. I now have it corrected and all is well.....  Roll Eyes
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N4NYY
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« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2012, 08:24:37 PM »

I do not usually hear anything until the late afternoon.
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PA5MW
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« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2012, 04:50:07 AM »

AH OK! OP error. It happens  Grin

Otherwise; try listening to the NCDXF/IARU HF Beacons on 14.100/18.110/21.150/24.930/28.200 (please help keep these frequencies clear)
Listening just 15 minutes and you know which of the 5 bands is open and in what directions.
Find more info at: http://www.ncdxf.org/beacon/beaconlocations.html

Or take a quick look at one of the Beacon Monitoring stations. These websites show live data of today and yesterday propagation at:
http://www.ncdxf.org/beacon/monitors.html

There's lots of Tools to Help Beacon Listeners at http://www.ncdxf.org/beacon/beaconprograms.html

Pity there are currently no monitoring stations active in Northern America.
Anyone interested taking this up?

73 Mark, PA5MW
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