Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Crazy Weather and Crazy Bands
This morning, I should not have expected much on the bands since "blackouts" were in the forecast; but the DX cluster was showing a few DX stations on both 10 and 15 meters. I thought it would be fun, at least, to stretch out the antennas and give it a try.
The only station I could work, on 15 meters, was CO6WD in Cuba. I drooled as N8RR (also in Charleston) worked an island off the coast of Africa. I could barely hear the Charleston station. Couldn't even tell the African station was there....
With disappointing conditions on the upper bands, thank goodness for good old 40 meters. It's the band I can always count on to make a contact. I like this band because of the long "rag chews" which are possible here. The stations are usually within 500 miles of me and good for conversation. We often talk about the cities where they live and they usually ask about my home state too.
I've been deliberately spending time on the upper portions of this band where "new" hams hang out, and I enjoy the slow speed QSO's.
There are other reasons for slow Morse Code speeds also.
I've worked W8IRT many times on 40 meters. Paul is a very active member of the "Handi-Ham" network which helps "visually impaired" people get an amateur radio license. Unexpectedly, he assigned me Handi-Ham # 1238, which will make it easier to check into, and participate in the 40 meter nets on Friday mornings (9am till noon) on 7112 MHz.
This net is deliberately ran at a "slow" CW speed.
It's perfect for "new" hams to "get their feet wet" with actual "on the air time" with other hams. I hope some of the new people I've talked to recently, on the local repeater, take advantage of this opportunity.
Posted by Jspiker at 5:07 PM