Archive for the ‘HF’ Category

July 1, 2011

Ten Meters is one of my favorite bands. Even when it’s not “open”, it’s frequently open. With the sunspots on the rise, so should the activity on the band increase.

Have you found http://ten-ten.org/daily_nets.html yet? Nets listed there will help determine if the band is open. If you look at http://www.qsl.net/steelcity/nets/whichnet.html, one will see a search box that lets you know which nets are in operation.

http://www.dxwatch.com/dxsd1.php?f=92 or http://hamspots.net/10/ will also give you DX Cluster spots, just for 10 meters.

At http://www.vhfdx.info/spots/warnings.php, one can get email alerts when six meters is open. If SIX is open, it’s almost a given that TEN is open.

http://vhfdx.info/spots/map.php?Lan=E&Frec=28&Map=NA&mycall=&myloc=&freq=&prop=also offers a map of openings AND the ability to post spots all in one place.

http://propnet.org/catch3.php?band=HY&last=24&call=&center=NAgives a map and paths band openings over a 24-hour time period. The site lists the stations and who heard who over PSK.http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=kc5fm-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B0053ZDGMQ&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr

Another propagation tool is http://www.dxinfocentre.com/tropo.htmlwhere one will find forecast for six- and ten-meters.

There’s a number of 10 meter software defined radios that one can use to see where’s the band is open.

http://userpages.troycable.net/~wj5o/bcn.htm is a list of beacons on Ten. Tune here to see where the band is open, even when it’s not.

Ten Meters is one of my favorite bands. Thankfully, there’s plenty of tools to take some of the Magic out of the Band.

73

Lloyd, KC5FM

February 9, 2009

Since one works on one side of the State and the Wife lives on the other side of the State, commuting has taken an adventure with High Frequency Radio.

Back in the 70’s, when we were dating, the trip, every other week, was made with a Webster BandSpanner and a Swan 350. During those trips, HF CW (Morse Code) was done. Can’t say there will be an HF CW effort in the near future. The Government’s already talking about making folks hang up their cell, even with Bluetooth. Lets not give them anything else to think about.

At Twitter, one can follow the announced frequencies for the travels. There should also be a link to follow on Automatic Position Reporting System.

Nevertheless, HF mobile operations seems to be fun. Recent contacts have been made with Wyoming, Tennessee, Florida, Kansas, Arkansas, Texas, and Indiana, just to name a few, on 20, 40, 60, and 75 meter bands.

Come join the fun on HF. One never knows which interesting person will chat next.

73