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Offline Leonard

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Hello and My favorite band 10/11
« on: May 29, 2019, 2350 UTC »
I've always loved radio, after hi school in the 70's the propagation was so easy, just turning the cb on and so many signals from everywhere. I got interested because so much was happening. Anyway still have that radio has a digiscan, a digital tuner with red led numbers. I got it out about 6 yrs back and it works as a mobile,, but I also bought a  Anytone at5555n. It does everything a moded  CB would do and it was about $200, changes transmit freq and goes everywhere!!!
My title line, the 10 and 11 meter band is a great band for mobile, any other lower frequency and you are taking a greater compromise on the antenna. I just wish there was some activity on the band I hear very little.
When conditions are good its just exciting, I remember a clear  contact  on a 5/8 base antenna, I talked to a station in England and we both turned off the power, using about 12 watts, sounded like he was down the street, you know that sound. I am in Los angeles
By the way I haven't heard never anything above 28 mhz except an fm local net..
« Last Edit: May 29, 2019, 2358 UTC by Leonard »

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Re: Hello and My favorite band 10/11
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2019, 0101 UTC »
Current conditions are rough especially for 10/11 meters. Although there have been some band openings lately. If you really wanna broaden your horizons for transmitting you have to get HF privileges. Even hams cry the blues every day which I find ridiculous, sure there aren't conditions every day to work Australia or Japan, but there is DX EVERY DAY. I don't mean this towards you. What I'm saying is that we have to deal with the hand we've been given. I run a 100 watts into a dipole and still work Europe several times a week. No one can change the propagation, but there is plenty of fun to be had on HF or SWL listening. You just have to be patient. 
Yaesu FT-818 with a 135' OCF dipole and an RSP SDR receiver connected to an MLA-30 loop.