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Author Topic: Best CW Bands??  (Read 3424 times)
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« on: November 15, 2015, 10:20:35 AM »

 I hope this is in the correct forum, as perhaps it should be listed in the Antenna category.  But I'm a 99% CW op, so that's why I thought this might be the right place to ask my question.

I've been off the air for a couple of years now, because of a move.  Now I want to get back on, in the new location (Vallejo, CA). I have a few wires I could put up but I'd like to try a 'Hex Beam'.  I see that you can opt to hve one or more bands from 2M to 20M.  I don't really need 2M or 6M, but which bands would be the best for CW operation in your opinion?  Should I just go with all 5 bands (20, 17, 15, 12, 10 meters), or could I leave one or more out because maybe CW just isn't used that much on a band(s), and save some $ maybe reliability? What do you think??

Thanks for any replies!

Ross
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« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2015, 10:48:49 AM »

Well, 20m for sure and maybe 17m. The beacons seem to hear sigs on 10M but I never do. My favorite bands are 40, 30 and 20. But if the antenna you want is only 20 through 10 then I guess you'll have to factor the sunspot cycle in and the conventional wisdom (?!) says that is likely to decline.

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« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2015, 11:08:31 AM »

Well, 20m for sure and maybe 17m. The beacons seem to hear sigs on 10M but I never do. My favorite bands are 40, 30 and 20. But if the antenna you want is only 20 through 10 then I guess you'll have to factor the sunspot cycle in and the conventional wisdom (?!) says that is likely to decline.

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Thanks Craig! Yeah, I sure wish it had 30M, because like you, I really like 30 and 40.  I was chasing counties when I was last on, and those bands were the real 'work horses' for that activity.  I'll be sure and string a wire up as well, to have those two.
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« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2015, 02:23:16 PM »

There is activity on all five of the bands you mentioned plus 30 meters. Sure, some bands are busier than others like 15 and 20, but 17 and 30 have plenty of activity as well. And unless you are living in a cave, everyone knows that we are on the downhill side of the present sunspot cycle so 10 and 12 will get worse before they get better, but there has been significant activity on those bands lately.

Why cut yourself short? Get on the air on as many bands as possible!
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« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2015, 06:43:47 PM »

Too easy, as a CW op your choice for 24 hrs/day contacts is 40 meters. Just like the old days.

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« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2015, 10:09:56 PM »

I generally start an operating session by listening to 10M, for beacons or indications of activity.  Hearing nothing, I'll go to 12, then 15, and so on until there are copiable signals.  The "best" CW band, IMO, is the one with the best DX opening at the time I'm listening.
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« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2015, 01:25:09 AM »

The Reverse Beacon Network could give you a hint:
http://www.reversebeacon.net/main.php

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« Reply #7 on: November 16, 2015, 02:48:52 AM »

For getting into Asia I think you'll have best luck on 15 and 20 CW Not every day, but it's your best shot.

Steve in Okinawa
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« Reply #8 on: November 16, 2015, 08:09:13 AM »

I'm with Paul.  40 meters is a very versatile band.  Always something to be worked somewhere in the world.  The band that never sleeps !  -Joe N3HEE
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« Reply #9 on: November 16, 2015, 12:31:51 PM »

I always loved 15m before the WARC bands came along. Still love it, but I like 17 too. If they're not open then 40. You might also stand a better chance at any given time with 40.
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« Reply #10 on: November 18, 2015, 12:09:22 PM »

My vote is for 30m. I've worked abt 120 countries on 30m with 90w and an end fed wire. Its a great cw band.
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