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Author Topic: Two meter SSB activity in northern NJ  (Read 8308 times)
K2PHD
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« on: April 18, 2017, 06:52:17 PM »

Can anyone give me any indication as to the kind and amount of SSB activity on two meters in northern NJ?
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WA8UEG
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« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2017, 12:39:14 PM »

I hear quite a bit on the SSB calling frequency, not nearly as much as on .52 FM which is very active. Not sure what your set up is but I would be happy to set up a sked with you, we should be able to make it. I'm in the Pocono's about 50 or so miles from you and run a 12 element wide spaced beam at close to 70' and QTH is on top of a mountain at 2,000' ASL.
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W4KYR
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« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2017, 02:36:24 PM »

I knew a ham in NJ who said he used to make regular contact with a station in Rhode Island on 2 meter SSB.
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« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2017, 10:57:13 AM »

Plenty. Check out 144.205 any morning from say 7am to 10am local time. the ON4KST chat pages will hook you up
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ONAIR
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« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2017, 12:58:49 PM »

I knew a ham in NJ who said he used to make regular contact with a station in Rhode Island on 2 meter SSB.
  There is a good path over water from the Jersey shore to the shorelines of Long Island, CT, RI, and MA!  Have had many contacts on 2 meters (as well as other frequencies) via that path!
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N1GMV
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« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2017, 09:15:12 AM »

Try this page to coordinate contacts http://www.on4kst.org/chat/login.php?band=8
Most are on Saturday morning
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KM3F
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« Reply #6 on: June 09, 2017, 11:16:03 AM »

Listen this week end.
VHF contest starts 2 pm.
6m, 2m 1.25m, 70 cm and up.
SSB and FM .
Good luck.
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KC3ECJ
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« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2017, 09:53:54 AM »

Im regularly on 2m ssb. 144.200,  144.205,  144.150(sstv, Olivia, psk31, mfsk16, etc.), and a club near wilkesbarre has a net wednights at 800 on 144.210.
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« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2017, 11:04:29 PM »

I hear quite a bit on the SSB calling frequency, not nearly as much as on .52 FM which is very active. Not sure what your set up is but I would be happy to set up a sked with you, we should be able to make it. I'm in the Pocono's about 50 or so miles from you and run a 12 element wide spaced beam at close to 70' and QTH is on top of a mountain at 2,000' ASL.

There's been a lot more 2m SSB in the area, but FM simplex has a bit more here as well. There's a reason though.

Mainly, a lot of new hams are not aware of the SSB/CW and digital modes in use. Plus, being new hams on a budget and ease of operations as well installation is their choice in the beginning. Over time they get complacent and usually just don't want to go through the trouble of setting up a station. It's easier to carry a portable, or run a mobile using repeaters. Problem is what happens in a black out, or CME/EMP situation? Areas where repeaters are distant and limited?

For some reason they don't get that with SSB/CW your gaurenteed more efficiency and distance coverage over FM. You also have the benifit of hearing multiple stations sometimes in between one another. You have less noise on those modes over FM. It's easier to install a vertical and use repeaters, but there are restrictions sometimes and disadvantages.

 Now for the author of this post here's my advice.

On SSB with a few watts and a good Yagi I can work from Massachusetts down to Virginia and eastern Long Island to PA up to the Great Lakes fairly consistent. Stacked loops and some power does well. Grant it, there are some variables, but SSB/CW is a thousand times better than operating a repeater, or simplex Frequency.

Just build a 2m station and don't rely on people's opinion. Make your own assessment, because there's no opinion that can reassure what your own mind will give you and that is a satisfied feeling that only experience can provide.

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KA2FIR
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« Reply #9 on: July 12, 2017, 08:31:13 AM »

Groups in NYC metro area on 144.205 and 144.240.

Mike
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K2PHD
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« Reply #10 on: May 15, 2018, 10:59:00 AM »

Any particular times of day or day of the week?

Doc
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KB1GMX
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« Reply #11 on: May 15, 2018, 11:11:48 AM »

Seems all of New England also lollows 144.205 in the am around 8:300 to later
most every day.  From  here in Eastern MA its not a big streach to northern NJ
on an average day and with summer coastal ducting its often loud.

Just don't expect it to be like 40 or 20 in a contest!  Then again the VHF
contest in June is likely to be active.

Allison
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K2PHD
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« Reply #12 on: May 15, 2018, 05:31:01 PM »

Are there any times that are better or days of the week?
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AA2UK
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« Reply #13 on: May 17, 2018, 04:21:28 AM »

Are there any times that are better or days of the week?
The activity on 144.205 is everyday of the week it starts about 7:30 local and goes till about 10AM.
I look forward to working you.
Bill, AA2UK
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K2PHD
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« Reply #14 on: June 27, 2018, 06:43:48 PM »

If you could buy only one xcvr would it be 2, 6, or 10 meter multimode and why?
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