10m DX

Ten metres has been open this afternoon. I was alerted to this when someone on the Transmission1 radio forum mentioned that 27MHz was full of Russian taxis. I had a listen and sure enough their FM transmissions were clearly audible well up into the lower end of the amateur 10m band. This is one of the penalties of having CB radios that are easily modifiable for use outside their allowed band, I guess. And there’s no chance of anything being done about it in Russia, the land where the Kalashnikov and the bribe determine the rules.

I switched to SSB and quickly worked A61AM. One of the things I love about 10m is the number of times you hear a DX station, give your call and they come right back. I was not even running full power – 80w is normally all I use. True there were a couple of pileups apparently of pirates using calls that consisted of just two letters 🙂 but I avoided those. By the way, why is it that DX stations so rarely give their own call? Sometimes you have to listen for five minutes to hear it again and verify that you logged it correctly.

Propagation was obviously good into Russia but I also worked Mike, SV5BYR on Rhodes, Barney ZS6TQ, Burhan TA1BX and Norman 5B4AIF.  It’s really great to hear 10m opening up, that’s for sure!

Julian Moss, G4ILO, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from Cumbria, England. Contact him at [email protected].

3 Responses to “10m DX”

  • Harold kc2bpp:

    Can’t wait until 10M really get busy!

  • George Boorer ZL3PN:

    We have big problem here in ZL and VK on ten metres. Scores of SouthEAST ASIANS ON 28MHZ TO 29.5 MHZ. AM CBers,Fishermen All over the band on top of becons every where. Non have a license and using ham gear too. Just noticed now the shorter skip has set in on 10m and we all got a big shock to hear such a mess, George ZL3PN. NZART 100077 73

  • Bruce ZL1AAO:

    Great to have 10m openings daily currently. I just looked over my CQ WPX SSB log and realized I had 254 contacts on 10m. Today just had 3 or 4 short visits to the radio and worked a couple of contacts each time in the shack. China, Japan , Philippines, Dominican Republic, Italy and USA.
    Need more operating time! Yes problems with the out of band QRM like George mentions in the above post.

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