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Author Topic: So 10M Should Be Toast, with the Sunspots???  (Read 4989 times)
AB3CX
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« on: October 08, 2014, 04:25:59 PM »

Anyone still feel 10M will be down this season?  WOW pretty hot the last few days.
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W6GX
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« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2014, 04:36:12 PM »

JAs are pegging my S meter on 10m at the moment.  Nice to see the high bands opening up.  All of the Oceania dxpeditions are on 10m all day today.

I missed the cycle 24 peak in Nov. 2011.  Did someone say he worked over 200 entities on 10m in a month?  Currently I have 244 worked and 220 confirmed on 10m.

No fancy antennas on 10m.  Just a four element on a 16' boom.

73,
Jonathan W6GX
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KD8MJR
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« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2014, 04:46:33 PM »


No fancy antennas on 10m.  Just a four element on a 16' boom.

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Jonathan W6GX

You crack me up Jonathan  Grin
Nothing fancy only a 4 element beam LOL  Grin

73's
Rob
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« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2014, 04:47:59 PM »

Anyone still feel 10M will be down this season?  WOW pretty hot the last few days.

Really - I nailed two ATNO's in the last few days on 10, T30D & YJ0X plus a lot more!
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W6GX
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« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2014, 05:25:04 PM »

Nothing fancy only a 4 element beam LOL  Grin

In the world of antennas everything is relative.  You should check out Mike AB3CX's antenna farm.  My response was more or less directed to Mike Cheesy

The ongoing project is the contest QTH on 30 acres of hilltop land at 2100 foot elevation.  A tower went up in 2011, but the first antennas were erected in 2013. Tower #1 is 120 foot of Rohn 45G, with 3 element LL M2 40M yagi tuned for CW band, and a Tennadyne 12 element log periodic above that, turned by a prop pitch. At 22 feet on that tower is a 7 element 10M monobander fixed on EU. Added in August 2014 are three 5 element 10M Monobanders at 30-60-90 feet, aimed SE, SW, SE going up.   Tower #2 has a two stack of M2 5 element 20M yagis at 94 and 47 feet, a 7 element M2 6M yagi at 100 feet, an M2 15M4 fixed south at 70 feet, and an M2 15M 6 element monobander fixed on EU at 32 feet. Tower #3 has a rotating 7 element 10M monobander at 88 feet and a 40 LL 3 element at 82 feet tuned for phone band, and a 4 element 15M monobander fixed on JA land.   80M transmitting is via a dipole, and 160M via a 131 foot vertical wire sloping down off the big tower, and there are three 800 foot Beverages for NE, SW and NW. The station was on the air for the 2013 contest season with towers #1-2 only; tower #3 went up in August 2014.

73,
Jonathan W6GX
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KE4KY
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« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2014, 05:49:44 PM »

Nice conditions on 10m providing some needed ones on that band.

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« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2014, 05:55:04 PM »

The band is almost completely full of AM and FM crap here. Sounds like CB!
I don't remember handing over 10 m.

Still, there has been some nice DX coming in. Seems more seasonal than solar-related.

73,
Luke VK3HJ
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KD8MJR
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« Reply #7 on: October 08, 2014, 05:58:20 PM »

Nothing fancy only a 4 element beam LOL  Grin

In the world of antennas everything is relative.  You should check out Mike AB3CX's antenna farm.  My response was more or less directed to Mike Cheesy

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Jonathan W6GX

That's true, but 4 elements is not bad.  I know some guys go absolutely nuts with Antennas for those higher bands, especially 6M.  My feeling is that those bands are open for such short periods that it makes little sense to invest that much in them.  I would love to have a 4 element beam for 40 and one for 80 but that would require so much land that it's not even worth thinking about right now.  Maybe one day.
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« Reply #8 on: October 08, 2014, 06:40:05 PM »

Nothing fancy only a 4 element beam LOL  Grin

In the world of antennas everything is relative.  You should check out Mike AB3CX's antenna farm.  My response was more or less directed to Mike Cheesy

The ongoing project is the contest QTH on 30 acres of hilltop land at 2100 foot elevation.  A tower went up in 2011, but the first antennas were erected in 2013. Tower #1 is 120 foot of Rohn 45G, with 3 element LL M2 40M yagi tuned for CW band, and a Tennadyne 12 element log periodic above that, turned by a prop pitch. At 22 feet on that tower is a 7 element 10M monobander fixed on EU. Added in August 2014 are three 5 element 10M Monobanders at 30-60-90 feet, aimed SE, SW, SE going up.   Tower #2 has a two stack of M2 5 element 20M yagis at 94 and 47 feet, a 7 element M2 6M yagi at 100 feet, an M2 15M4 fixed south at 70 feet, and an M2 15M 6 element monobander fixed on EU at 32 feet. Tower #3 has a rotating 7 element 10M monobander at 88 feet and a 40 LL 3 element at 82 feet tuned for phone band, and a 4 element 15M monobander fixed on JA land.   80M transmitting is via a dipole, and 160M via a 131 foot vertical wire sloping down off the big tower, and there are three 800 foot Beverages for NE, SW and NW. The station was on the air for the 2013 contest season with towers #1-2 only; tower #3 went up in August 2014.

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Jonathan W6GX

Ouch, Jon  now my secrets are out!  So no excuses here anymore.  For 10M, having an arsenal does take the suspense out of whether the DX gets worked, but the exercise involved in assembling all that was my pre payment on the fun.  There actually are times nothing seems to be on the air, but with the slightest openings, it's really a blast.. Last year in the 10M ARRL test I did well with just the 10M fixed EU yagi and the log periodic. Decided to go all out for bear this time.
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« Reply #9 on: October 08, 2014, 07:04:16 PM »

I've been seizing this opportunity to run my numbers up on 10 and 12, with an eye on 8BDXCC.  In the last 30 days, I've worked over 100 DXCC entities on 10 and more than 50 on 12, and I'm getting close to 100 confirmed on both.  It's been a nice experience.
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K0AP
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« Reply #10 on: October 08, 2014, 07:12:14 PM »

JAs are pegging my S meter on 10m at the moment.  Nice to see the high bands opening up.  All of the Oceania dxpeditions are on 10m all day today.

I missed the cycle 24 peak in Nov. 2011.  Did someone say he worked over 200 entities on 10m in a month?  Currently I have 244 worked and 220 confirmed on 10m.

No fancy antennas on 10m.  Just a four element on a 16' boom.

73,
Jonathan W6GX

Just worked 4W/G3ZEM for my DXCC #281 on 10m. Antenna here is 2el HEX beam with the 10m elements at 35 ft. All DXCC worked in this solar cycle (last 4-5 years). And yes, fall 2011 was awesome. Unforgettable band conditions on 10m.

73 Dragan K0AP
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KJ4Z
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« Reply #11 on: October 13, 2014, 08:12:49 AM »

10 and 12 are solidly open again today, even with the SFI at 111.  K is zero.

Wonder how long the fun times will last?

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