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Tall Ships on 75 Meter AM during the Rally




 
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« on: February 04, 2018, 04:50:17 PM »

Here's a picture of the almost continuous AM activity seen and heard at my location on 75 meters today (Sunday). Just before I took the screenshot there was a fifth tall ship conversation going on up on 3910. Five in a row would have been even better!

Rob W1AEX



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« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2018, 05:24:27 PM »

I wonder if any West Coast people enjoyed the rally. At my QTH, the QRN was terrible. I tried the KFS Web SDR but it was hearing a lot of lightning crashes. I did hear Peanut Butter and Jam  (WA6PBJ) making some contacts but I never even keyed the transmitter even though I had the FQA11N90s all warmed up and ready to go. This was Saturday.

Generally, the LA people have better luck than the Northern California people. LA is quite a bit east of SF. I wonder if they did this time.
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« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2018, 06:00:11 PM »

Sunday afternoon I heard W7A from Washington loud and clear in Virginia Beach, VA on 14.340.  He was working quite a pileup, too.  
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« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2018, 06:27:42 PM »


I called wa6pbj after he finished with an OreGon station, he no hear me. Deano, wa1knx, got on the air, and mentioned that he didn't know the Rally was Rallying. I called him , and he may have heard the 2 part of my call; he said he was hearing some of the East coast;was using his 'local' antenna.

Next year, Ima goina get an antenna up and work the left coast.


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« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2018, 07:22:44 PM »

We had no problem hearing you guys (on 75), even with my neighbors new solaredge solar system.  Well, so the solar system did make armchair copy impossible, but otherwise, I was able to hear the big stations.

Also heard a couple AZ stations telling us here on the west coast to forget calling the east side.  NOBODY was making it through / there was little to no standby in between transmissions / like us, east coasters also had a YUGE noise level.

I was monitoring 3885.  7290-5 was vacant.  As in, didn't even hear a heterodyne when moving around in ssb mode.  I did fire a 20 Watt carrier up and could copy myself at KFS and Sedona.  Propagation was there.

I don't use 20, it obliterates the home alarm system culminating in me having to perform a power off reset.  15 is useless here.

I really miss my 7k foot peak.  East coast, as well as pacific rim was just too easy.

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« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2018, 05:43:24 PM »

Very nice screenshot, Rob. Curious to know - was there any activity below the usual 75m cluster? I recall looking at the display at Steve/HX's place some years back during either Heavy Metal or the AM Transmitter contest and seeing signals like that extending below 3700. It was fun to run a frequency for a while, then step aside and go from group to group working different stations up and down the band, coast-to-coast. 

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« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2018, 06:54:24 PM »

... Curious to know - was there any activity below the usual 75m cluster...?



I was on 3.705, 3.721, and 3.749.

The only callback I received on 3.705 was a Canadian Ham.


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« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2018, 10:14:59 PM »

I did see strong AM signals on 3705 along with some activity on 3725 for a couple of hours when I looked late Saturday afternoon. I didn't get the chance to play down there as my grandsons showed up and kept me pretty busy with the usual 4 year-old and 6 year-old activities.

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