Friday, July 24, 2020

The difference between 11 and 10 meters

Anyone who says that 11 meters is dead is wrong. The difference in activity is enormous. 11 meters on the left, 10 meters on the right with only an FT8 track. AM, FM and SSB can be heard at 11 meters. Why are there so few operators on the 10 meter band? I think the conditions don't differ that much at 11 and 10 meters.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

How does 6 meters sounds in the early morning

The sound at 6 meters is very different in the early morning than a few hours later. The meteor echoes can be clearly heard. It sounds like a short whistle. I've been listening to meteor echoes from other sources like Graves for years. Those are similar.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

11 meter SSB

At 10 meters nothing could be heard at all except a few FT8 signals. But at 11 meters (27 MHz) even last weekend was very busy, even with a lot SSB. It resembles the days of old. The CB band is no license needed in the Netherlands. I thought it was forbidden. But I was wrong. Bas, PE4BAS made me aware that the band is available in FM and a half watt power.

Friday, July 17, 2020

Meanwhile on 60 meters

Just a snapshot of the 60 meter band activity. I hear only FT8 signals. It's the smallest HF amateur band. With great opportunities for DX.

At 20 meters I saw a dip in propagation of about an hour and a half with WSPR 200 mW yesterday. It happens between 16:00 and 17:30 UTC.