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eHam.net Survey

Survey Question
How low do you go? Tell us your experience with operating lower frequency bands (80M and below).
  Posted: Jan 15, 2018   (221 votes, 9 comments) by N2MG

  Really Low: I've operated on one of the new low bands (630M or 2200M).
  Classically Low: I operate the classic low bands a lot (80M and 160M).
  Barely Low: I've operated on HF a lot, but not often at or below 80M.
  Wannabe Low: Would like to, but no antennas, etc.
  Not Low At All: I've never operated below VHF.
  Conditionally Low: I only operate HF on Field Day or at another's QTH.
  Other.
    (221 votes, 9 comments)

Survey Results
Really Low: I've operated on one of the new low bands (630M or 2200M). 1% (3)
Classically Low: I operate the classic low bands a lot (80M and 160M). 45% (99)
Barely Low: I've operated on HF a lot, but not often at or below 80M. 41% (91)
Wannabe Low: Would like to, but no antennas, etc. 9% (19)
Not Low At All: I've never operated below VHF. 1% (2)
Conditionally Low: I only operate HF on Field Day or at another's QTH. 1% (2)
Other. 2% (5)

Survey Comments
Sad, But True...
Unfortunately, anyone who might venture forth into
getting serious about something unique like a niche band
such as 160-meters, had better brace him/herself for
repercussions arising out of the age old "…big-fish-in-a-
small-pond" syndrome, from certain denizens who might
already be lurking there…

At least that was my experience here some 10 years ago,
when I launched a concerted effort for an ever-higher
DXCC countries total with my homebrewed kilowatt,
multi-K9AY arrays, Beverage antenna, & a 3-element
phased triangular inverted "L" transmitting array.

Certain self-styled & self-appointed guru "...band
meisters" resented my incursion into what they surely
perceived to be their own personal/private sand box, and
spared no effort to make my presence there to be a rough
one --- and through several different avenues, as well.
When the Great Ontario Ice Storm of December 2012
levelled practically all of my antennas, as well as the trees
that supported them, I was actually rather relieved at the
loss…and I never bothered to rebuild in order to get back
on the band, either, and have not returned since...

Still, my adventure on Top Band taught me many things,
technically, & garnered me some 155 DXCC countries
worked therein…so no regrets, no looking back.

But beware…!

Posted by VE3CUI on January 20, 2018

All bands
Except for the really low niche bands below 160. Too much work for too little results.

Posted by N3EG on January 18, 2018

75/80 meters & 160 meters
I work the bands I can hear and be heard on
on a fairly regular basis. I am interested
in digital modes, providing I am not just
talking to myself. If neighbors have issues,
it seems to be based on they not shielding,
and/or, properly by-passing unwanted RF.

Posted by K0IC on January 17, 2018

160M Olivia
160 is lots of fun.
But, I remember just a couple of years ago that there was considerable activity on 160 Olivia, in addition to PSK31, RTTY and others. Where did everyone go?
There may be other ideas, but how about we revive "Classic" digital modes around 1838 - 1839.5 KHz (Just below the JT/FT crowd.)

Posted by AB9TA on January 17, 2018

1750 Meter Lowfer
Been associated with the 1750 meter Lowfer crowd since the early 80s.

1 watt DC input, 15 meter of antenna length including feedline. Not a hobby for the non-technical crowd or the faint of heart.

More information go to: LWCA.org

73

Posted by KB6QXM on January 16, 2018

Limited by antenna
I would like to try but I have only been able
to cover 10 through 40 meters due to antenna
limitations in my HOA development.

Posted by NQ2N on January 16, 2018

How Low
Have not gone lower than 80 Meters. I do not have any radios that go below that. Most of my QTHs have not been big enough for a really good low band antenna and the one I use is limited on bandwidth. Still 80 Meters is enjoyable - I would like to try others, perhaps someday.

Posted by WA0TML on January 16, 2018

160 Mtrs - LIKE A LIGHT BULB
I am not a regular 160 operator. But I have been there many
times through the years. Usually not much going on. Then a
contest arrives: OH MY GOSH!! Signals from everywhere and
DX to make me drool. The contest ends - HEY! Where did
everyone go? 80 meters is fun - lots of room and there is
usually someone around willing to spend some time.

Posted by K7NSW on January 15, 2018

Challenges !
I love the challenges of the lower bands -
antennas tend to be huge, propagation is
tricky, noise is high.

Posted by N2MG on January 15, 2018

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