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Offline K9VIN

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New to understanding HF bands
« on: August 11, 2014, 08:16:57 PM »

10 meters is based on the sunspot cycle, which we are at a low, so I expect that band to be dead.  Am I mistaken, does it ocassionally have openings?  Can I get automatic e-mail alerts if it does?

Is 160m a winter only band, due to static crashes?   I have a 80m dipole that I want to tune up on 160, but need figure out what mystical tuner I may need to do it.  My current tuner and a new auto tuner wont do it.

80M, is there a general place to shout out CQ on this band, or is it a bunch of southern cliques, that do not appear welcoming.   



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Re: New to understanding HF bands
« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2014, 08:38:53 PM »
Hi Kevin,

The are openings on 10M and even on 6M. Keep checking the cluster.  160M is primarily a night time band...and best during winter.  You'll find some nets and a lot of rag chewing on 160M.  Same goes for 80M...good at night with even some SSB DX at 3.7Mhz and up.  Call CQ above 3.6Mhz.  Also DX on CW at the bottom of the band just above 3.5Mhz. A lot of nets on 75M above 3.9 MHz late after noon.  Again, band best during the winter months.

Hope this is of help.

73, Gary