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AM Rally this weekend 2/5-7/2022!
« on: February 01, 2022, 2039 UTC »
http://www.amrally.com/    This is always a fun one. ARRL doesn't seem to mention this, yet, for this year. Question is, will this week's CME squash propagation from 40M, on up. Tech Class can still get-in on this with 6M 50.40MHz AM. I use to do +40 miles on 20W with a Kenwood TS-60S with a 6M Halo. 2M AM can be had, albeit no one seems to have a good AM spot for there, but more locally 'try & see', like 144.300MHz AM. And, if there's some Tropo, even better. 73!!!!
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Re: AM Rally this weekend 2/5-7/2022!
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2022, 1516 UTC »
I will be working my 25W carrier on 7.295 ! ;)
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Re: AM Rally this weekend 2/5-7/2022!
« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2022, 1349 UTC »
I was just about to say the same thing 'Be there with my 25 watts' ! I made about 6 or 7 QSO's last year, just operating casually. I noticed there was still activity about 5 days after the event, but then it quickly dropped down to nothing. I don't typically monitor AM portions on HF, so there's probably still some active groups that I'm not aware of. Good luck!
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Re: AM Rally this weekend 2/5-7/2022!
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2022, 0607 UTC »
Around ~3775KHz to ~3885KHz has AM activity most nights.

Unlike quick contacts in a contest, when it comes to some of the 160/80 AM crowds, be prepared for lengthy broadc… er, I mean transmissions. ;)
« Last Edit: February 05, 2022, 0254 UTC by RobRich »
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Re: AM Rally this weekend 2/5-7/2022!
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2022, 1230 UTC »
Are you guys going to be on 20M during the day Sat/Sun?
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Re: AM Rally this weekend 2/5-7/2022!
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2022, 2228 UTC »
Yes, usually around 14335, 14340 kHz or wherever I see a AM signal.
« Last Edit: February 04, 2022, 2240 UTC by Traveling Wave »
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Re: AM Rally this weekend 2/5-7/2022!
« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2022, 0034 UTC »
Hearing a QSO now on 7.295 (0:33). I figured there would be some guys getting their gear ready for tomorrow. My noise level is quite high on 40M
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Re: AM Rally this weekend 2/5-7/2022!
« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2022, 0118 UTC »
AM activity on 7285 and 7290 at at ~0117z.



Figured I might see a little AM activity on 160m tonight. CW, digital, and SSB activity noted currently on 160m, but no AM thus far. Maybe later.



AM activity on 3880 and 3890 at 0513z, though QSOs instead of the contest.
« Last Edit: February 05, 2022, 0513 UTC by RobRich »
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Re: AM Rally this weekend 2/5-7/2022!
« Reply #8 on: February 06, 2022, 2048 UTC »
Anyone here participate or even spot rally activity? I have not followed the lower amateur bands, where I suspect more of the AM activity was, much at all this weekend.
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Re: AM Rally this weekend 2/5-7/2022!
« Reply #9 on: February 07, 2022, 0045 UTC »
0043 UTC, 2/7/2022,  40 meters 7.295  is still busy as I type this message. Just heard Kansas City Mo. station.
« Last Edit: February 07, 2022, 0048 UTC by Traveling Wave »
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Re: AM Rally this weekend 2/5-7/2022!
« Reply #10 on: February 07, 2022, 1322 UTC »
I got busy doing things around the house. How did the AM rally go over the weekend? Any interesting contacts?
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Re: AM Rally this weekend 2/5-7/2022!
« Reply #11 on: February 07, 2022, 2127 UTC »
All of my 25 contacts where on 40 meters in the eastern states. I heard other reports of 20 meters and 15 meters being open but I had no luck on those bands. One of the biggest signals on 40 meters was from K8JLY who operates 1930's vintage equipment. He is located in Ohio and operates out of the Historic Smith Mill which he owns. I was amazed how strong his signal was and how good his audio sounded. All in all it was fun event.
« Last Edit: February 07, 2022, 2130 UTC by Traveling Wave »
Location: Western New York ( Niagara Frontier)
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Antenna: 40m dipole, 20-17-15 meter fan dipole. One of N. Tesla's own prototypes. A high-powered mutant of some kind never even considered for mass production.
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Re: AM Rally this weekend 2/5-7/2022! A bust, for me.
« Reply #12 on: February 09, 2022, 1851 UTC »
The weather was the big competitor during the AM Rally for me. Projects that I wasn't able to get done the preceding weekend, I had to get done, then. So, I had only a 1hr window on Sunday evening and heard 3870kHz, 3873kHz, 3880kHz, and 3885kHz, AM all jammin' away. I didn't hear W1AW this year. No AM on 20M, but all SSB. 15M and 10M were dead by me. I heard a one-side QSO on 7290kHz. I also did a quick band-scan at 3AM SAT night / SUN morning, after work, and the bands were void of any AM then. Whelp... There's always the year after next.
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