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Author Topic: If limited to only 2 HF bands which would you choose?  (Read 43969 times)
KA0HVE
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« on: August 07, 2013, 07:26:16 AM »

Which 2 HF bands would you choose if you had to make a choice?
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KK0G
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« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2013, 07:57:28 AM »

40 and 20, in fact I've built two QRP rigs and that's exactly what they cover. 30 meters would be a close second choice followed by 80 meters.
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KA0HVE
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« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2013, 08:09:55 AM »

I guess that's why so many kits come in your choice of 40 and 20 if there are only 2 choices.

Seems like that would give one the best all around combination but I wanted someone else's view since I'm still new at this.

Thanks Chris!
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W4KYR
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« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2013, 08:28:19 AM »

40 and 20

There should be a poll for this question, as I would like to see the other choices for #3 and #4 and so on.

A good followup for #3 could be 80 meters for more local contacts at night. Or 30 meters because it falls almost in between the propagation of 40 and 20. Interesting that the YouKits 4 Band has 80, 40, 30, and 20 meters.

Put it to a poll with all the HF bands listed.

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« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2013, 09:04:59 AM »

40 and 20 because 40 is open to somewhere most of the time and 20 is a good for daytime DX.
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« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2013, 09:50:54 AM »

IMO......20, 40 and 80M..... in that order. 

I've never understood why so many QRP rigs are built for the 40M band. (Single band units)  20M will give you more bang for your buck than any other.  (More DX, smaller antenna and the possibility to rotate the 20M antenna)
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« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2013, 09:56:09 AM »

There's little opportunity to work other QRPers in your state or region on 20m. And on winter evenings, 20m can be pretty dead.  40m is usually open to somewhere.
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W7ASA
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« Reply #7 on: August 07, 2013, 10:30:55 AM »

40, 20, 30, 80 meters in that order. I like having 30 meters, especially on weekends due to QRM from contests. I enjoy area contacts as much a long distance contacts, so the only reason for my keeping 20m is for my established skeds (which I would rather move to 30m anyway ...)   ;^)

During times of low sun numbers and during the quiet of winter, 80m is a lot of fun on 80m. However, here in The South, T-storms are usually roaring along from mid-day onward through the nights from Spring through late Summer & make 80m very difficult except in the early morning hours.


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WX7G
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« Reply #8 on: August 07, 2013, 11:24:55 AM »

For QRP 40 meters is by far #1. For the second band I would take 20 meters so I could contest otherwise 17 meters.
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AK7V
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« Reply #9 on: August 07, 2013, 03:54:23 PM »

For QRP, I'd say 40, then 30, then 20 and/or 17.
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W1JKA
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« Reply #10 on: August 08, 2013, 03:58:38 AM »

30 meters is now my favorite since I'm finding more foreign Qrp/cw operators on it than my 2nd favorite 20 meter band. So it's 30/20M for me.
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« Reply #11 on: August 08, 2013, 04:16:55 AM »

So it's 30/20M for me.

That's got my vote, too.  Good combination, if you could only have two bands.

My second choice might be 30 and 17.  :-)
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W1JKA
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« Reply #12 on: August 08, 2013, 05:46:30 AM »

My next project is a Weber Tri Bander 20/30/40 meters. I've used one more than a few times, just as nice as my K1 which is only 2 bands 20/40m and using SW 30+ for 30m. I think Elecraft missed the boat on the K1 when not including a 3rd band and only option is an additional PITA 2 band module that has to be changed out. 
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VK7JB
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« Reply #13 on: August 09, 2013, 03:48:22 PM »

My preferences are:
20m for daylight DX
30m for night time DX, especially in winter
40m for contact within VK. At my QTH, 40m is often very noisy with QRN and when I'm portable, the nature and deployment of my antennas is such that my signal tends to have quite high angle radiation, favoring closer contacts, rather than DX.

30m is becoming my favorite QRP band. It's out of the 20m DX frenzy and I've found that folks often listen there, so very often my QRP CQs are returned, even though the band is seems quiet.
I'm working on QRP DXCC and so far, over half my DX contacts are on 30m.

Cheers
John VK7JB
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KB1GMX
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« Reply #14 on: August 09, 2013, 07:24:32 PM »

The presumption of QRP is CW...

Leaving that aside if digi modes are used 30 is great.

For non digi modes SSB and 40 and because I prefer it 6M.  Second choices would be 20 and 10m.

40 because its always open to somewhere.

Why 6? because a decent beam is possible in the portable kit and if the location is a high spot
its going to be heard even without Es. 


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