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Author Topic: have you consider operating QRP in the 80 meter CW band which is also Novice  (Read 517 times)
AK0B
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« on: July 16, 2019, 10:27:38 AM »

The way I read the rules a Novice and Technician can operate on 80 meters CW 3.675 t0 3.725 Mhz.

This band area is also open to all other classes.

Cheap xtals are available for this band .  Perhaps if a few QRP stations operated here on some basis, like occurs on 7040 and 7030 It would be a way to add more qrp'ers to our ranks. Nothing like activity and a lot of qrp would show new comers it is possible to work the world  with low power. 

I have worked 42 states on 3.579 plus or minus a few khz with 1 watt output to an antenna that lay on the ground half the winter.

 When later I got it up about 25 ft and few more watts actual was able to work WAS(50) on SSB.  It was easier to work the 42 on low power CW than to complete WAS on 75 SSB .

I suggest 3.686 MHz.  simple end fed antenna are easy to run in the attic or around the eve of a house.  A simple 1 to 5 watt homebrew transmitter could be built for a couple of dollars. I got my ticket back in prehistoric times (became novice WN9IFZ July 11, 1954) when the bands were filled with thousands day and night.  It's a shame today to tune across large sections of the band empty of activity.

Anyone interested in 3.684 Mhz qrp power ??

Stan AK0B










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K0UA
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« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2019, 11:16:11 AM »

I hope you get some takers.
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73  James K0UA
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AK0B
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« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2019, 11:36:25 AM »

I received my latest issue of QST today and see I need to make a correction for the Novice portion of the band.

Novice segment is   3.525 to 3.600 Mhz.  So would recommend we operate at the upper end of the segment since DX activity is usually takes place at the lower end.

Stan AK0B
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K6BSU
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« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2019, 10:23:41 AM »

I would be delighted to hear some activity on 75/80 meters.  Has been quiet for a long time, except for a very few who spend hours discussing their medical problems (without ever any I.D.)
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KX4QP
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« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2019, 04:43:01 PM »

I've got a 3.579 crystal for my Cricket 80A (as well as 3.535, 3.550 and 3.560) -- I'd love to work CW with my 1W output.  The one time I've been able to get on the air, though, even with a known good (someone else's) antenna, there was no evidence anyone else could hear me.  It was Field Day night, which might have had something to do with it, though folks had been telling me I ought to be able to work the whole East Coast with that rig on a half way center fed dipole.

As I read the chart, the Novice/Tech section is from 3.525 to 3.600, so the colorburst seems like a good starting point.

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KB1GMX
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« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2019, 09:49:14 AM »

There are no less than a truckload of radios that do 80 and 40 CW segments.

Some that come to mind are the 1W now replaced by the orgain (5w) by Diz,
and the QCX for 80 and 40.  I have the 1W for 40 and its a great little radio.
The QCX I have for 40 is great and with some parts changes I could put it
on 80 (wind new T1 and change the low pass to 80M values or get another
QCX as they are cheap ;-) ).

There are kits from many sources for both bands and for those willing to run
CW HF is very available to the techs and few remaining novice.

I also use my Argonaut 505 and the FT817.   Lots of radios available
and cw.

The QRP/CW watering holes 7030 the color burst frequencies  are most active

Allison
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