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Author Topic: HF activity is on the rise  (Read 774 times)

Matt285

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HF activity is on the rise
« on: March 17, 2020, 0019 UTC »
Lots of activity the last couple of days on HF. Guessing it's a combination of good propagation and the fact that people are staying indoors.

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Re: HF activity is on the rise
« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2020, 0027 UTC »
It's 8:25 here and 20m is going strong. Coast to coast and DX as well. The band is normally dead at my QTH this time of day on 20.

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Re: HF activity is on the rise
« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2020, 1215 UTC »
I monitor the 40m band on most days. Over the past week, I've noticed a huge increase in voice/phone activity there. Listening in on a few of the conversations, I mostly heard people discussing the coronavirus. I'm assuming that the increase is due to more and more people being home in quarantine.

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Re: HF activity is on the rise
« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2020, 1942 UTC »
I think it's more likely due to propagation.  At least here in the USA, the seasonal changes should be bringing a little help.  I noticed a lot of fishermen chatting in the early morning hours coming in over the Pacific ocean.
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Re: HF activity is on the rise
« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2020, 2036 UTC »
And, more activity on 17M (18MHz), centered around 18.140MHz, during the daytime.
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