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Author Topic: Where did all the SSB Ops go?  (Read 3770 times)
WZ7U
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« Reply #15 on: July 30, 2018, 10:56:20 PM »

I will try this weekend ok.
Everyone try to be positive.
Be Safe and have a Blessed day and be rhankful.73s
Hikuuu
Cool. Which band? I'm best on 40, 20 as a secondary.
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W6VZV
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« Reply #16 on: July 31, 2018, 12:46:53 PM »

I too will try 20M SSB harder this weekend.
I love FT8 for DX (13 countries away for DXCC) but ragchewing on SSB is something I really miss and like.  Guess I'm just old school, but for the record I was very active on RTTY, AMTOR, PacTor, and PSK31 when those modes were popular.  Can't believe how suddenly PSK31 went kaputt.  Had some good QSOs on that mode.

de Roger W6VZV
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K9MHZ
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« Reply #17 on: August 01, 2018, 02:09:16 AM »

I too will try 20M SSB harder this weekend.
I love FT8 for DX (13 countries away for DXCC) but ragchewing on SSB is something I really miss and like.  Guess I'm just old school, but for the record I was very active on RTTY, AMTOR, PacTor, and PSK31 when those modes were popular.  Can't believe how suddenly PSK31 went kaputt.  Had some good QSOs on that mode.

de Roger W6VZV

FT8...oh, now you've done it.  The guys doing "real ham radio" will be all over you.  Ragchewing on SSB was a nice recovery, but it might not be enough.  Hopefully, they'll stay on the home page, so hang low. 

(Totally agree with your comment about PSK31.)   
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N3QE
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« Reply #18 on: August 01, 2018, 05:49:49 AM »

I think you would enjoy "Phone Fray" on Tuesday nights. http://www.perluma.com/Phone_Fray_Contest_Rules.pdf

Please don't let the fact that it's formatted kinda like a contest, scare you off from chatting and building over-the-air friendships.
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W0WCA
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« Reply #19 on: August 01, 2018, 07:59:12 AM »

"The more we elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate."
J.B. Priestley
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KM1H
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« Reply #20 on: August 01, 2018, 11:44:12 AM »

Go to AM if you want real ragchews, lots of new blood also the past few years that were fed up with slop bucket along with more rigs that do it well.

Carl
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« Reply #21 on: August 01, 2018, 12:11:42 PM »

Nowadays 20M SSB is a desert, with maybe 5 or a few more signals on the band ... Will SSB activity pick up when the band conditions improve?


Times change.
Casual (e.g. ragchew) QSOs are less popular than in years past.
Bottom-of-the-cycle propagation certainly discourages activity.
But contests and DXpeditions still bring out LOTS of activity.

Do you call CQ?
Deserted as 20M SSB may appear, you can almost always get an answer.  Wink

And, yes, when propagation improves a few years from now, so will the level of activity.   Smiley
   Good point!  It's also best to make LONG CQ calls since many are watching their scopes!   Smiley
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« Reply #22 on: August 02, 2018, 05:34:33 PM »

 
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Good point!  It's also best to make LONG CQ calls since many are watching their scopes!

Just like in the 50-60's when many hams were using WW2 surplus or Hallicrafters panadaptors and many were still crystal controlled especially on 6 and 2M. Our HS club station, W2ZLK, used a Halli on 20-15-10 in the 50's hooked to a HQ-129X to a stack of 3 el monobanders (Telrex I think) on a small tower on the roof.

Carl
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W6VZV
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« Reply #23 on: August 04, 2018, 08:29:40 AM »

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Good point!  It's also best to make LONG CQ calls since many are watching their scopes!

Just like in the 50-60's when many hams were using WW2 surplus or Hallicrafters panadaptors and many were still crystal controlled especially on 6 and 2M. Our HS club station, W2ZLK, used a Halli on 20-15-10 in the 50's hooked to a HQ-129X to a stack of 3 el monobanders (Telrex I think) on a small tower on the roof.

Carl


My first station was a Heathkit DX60A using war surplus JAN crystals.  It was a big day when I passed my General (and a month or so later my Advanced) and was able to use a VFO.  An even bigger day when I finally got a SSB transmitter.  Didn't have a decent transceiver for years, but a Hallicrafters SX101A which I got from a guy's junk box did a great job.  Lots of activity in those days.  I really miss it.

de Roger W6VZV
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K9MHZ
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« Reply #24 on: August 04, 2018, 05:50:25 PM »

My first station was a Heathkit DX60A using war surplus JAN crystals
de Roger W6VZV

Loved that thing, except for the function switch.  You'd think someone could market a nostalgia version today, but I'm sure all of the heavy transformer iron, etc would make it pricey. 
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« Reply #25 on: August 04, 2018, 07:20:24 PM »

My first station was a Heathkit DX60A using war surplus JAN crystals.  It was a big day when I passed my General (and a month or so later my Advanced) and was able to use a VFO.  An even bigger day when I finally got a SSB transmitter.  Didn't have a decent transceiver for years, but a Hallicrafters SX101A which I got from a guy's junk box did a great job.  Lots of activity in those days.  I really miss it.

de Roger W6VZV
My Novice tx was a DX-60B. When I stepped up to General, I added a VF-1 VFO. I didn't like the touchy frequency control so, I added a 30pF air variable mounted in a rigid enclosure made with pieces of aluminum plate. It had a 2:1 drive. I added a gimmick capacitor and connected it to the VFO's tank circuit using a SHORT piece of coax. It had about 1 kHz range. I could easily zero-beat anyone.

One day, an SSB station remarked that I had a lot of carrier and opposite sideband.  Grin

vy 73,
Bryan WA7PRC
WN7PRC 9/4/70
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K9MHZ
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« Reply #26 on: August 05, 2018, 09:22:35 AM »


One day, an SSB station remarked that I had a lot of carrier and opposite sideband.  Grin

vy 73,
Bryan WA7PRC
WN7PRC 9/4/70

That's funny!

Brad
(WD8NSG, right after the "WN8XYZ" calls went away)
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KB2WIG
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« Reply #27 on: August 05, 2018, 11:18:58 AM »



Then there is the classic story about the ham complaining r/e the guy with a carrier ' transmiting on USB & LSB at the same time - thats illegal. '


KLC
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K9MHZ
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« Reply #28 on: August 06, 2018, 05:17:16 AM »

Didn't one of the old manufacturers (Heath?) have a "DSB generator" as an accessory to their transmitter line?  I'm thinking it was an add-on to a CW rig or something?

   
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« Reply #29 on: August 06, 2018, 08:26:22 AM »

Heath had the SB10, which took 3 watts or so of drive from a CW tx and had a phasing type SSB generator in it: that delivered about 10 watts of SSB back to the AM tx PA, which could be re biased into a linear mode. Popular over here with the DX100.
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