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10/11 meters / Re: 11m true free speech in the raw!
« on: July 19, 2020, 1312 UTC »
Sounds more like people with loose screws to me..

10/11 meters / Re: 11m opening
« on: July 19, 2020, 1310 UTC »
In the USA, in the lower latitudes, it is not uncommon for 11 meters to open up to somewhere on an almost daily basis.  During certain parts of the year, Trans Equatorial Propagation exists between north america and south america of equal latitudes.

The problem is skip or bounce..  The skip zone seems to land in the same place most of the time when there isn't true band openings.

Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida, Georgia, Texas seems to have a skip zone somewhere around Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland.  true band openings would be from one end of the country to the other and outside the north / south america's.

2011 it was not uncommon to operate 25w SSB into Russia, Germany, Spain, Great Britain, everywhere in the European Union with nothing more then a Solorcon A99 30' off the ground from Pennsylvania..

Thank you for that in depth analysis of Free Banding and an explanation of where it occurs.

The only thing I could add would be why do it if its so simple to obtain a amateur radio license and use 28 Mhz legally with a call sign.

The USA Technician Class License exam - there is no Morse code requirement, and is nothing more than a background check to obtain a FRN number and a simple 35 question, multiple guess test - you have to score above 70%.

The material is published - so there is no surprise questions and the questions and answers can be obtained free online.

Most of the people that I know that still operates The Citizens Band in the USA that operates it as a hobby, wishes that there was still a license and a call sign.  Most of them would gladly pay for a license if the FCC would use the money from the fee for some sort of enforcement of the rules.

Paying hundreds of dollars for an illegal export cb radio makes no sense in today's world where you can buy a perfectly good ham radio that does all the bands - not just 10, 11, 12 meters for the same amount of money.  and you don't have to pay for a peek n tune for a ham radio, because most of them comes standard with 100w SSB / 25W AM and adjustable audio.

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