When did 28 MHz get good?

I noticed a few tweets this afternoon about 28MHz being good. It wasn’t until just now that I listened on the little Anytone rig. Sure enough there was some SSB coming through and some good signals on CW too. Now, so far I haven’t connected up a keyed to the Anytone. Somehow it didn’t seem right to hear conditions like that and not try to make a QSO or two. I quickly diverted the coax from the Anytone to the HF port on the FT847, my VHF rig which has a built in keyer. Despite being after 1930z there was still plenty coming in. Some quite big pileups as I suspect a lot of people, like me, wanted to get on and make some contacts. KG9N was first in the log. YV8AD next and then the band started to fade. But one last spin up the band and there was NE0X finishing off a QSO. Very happy to work Ron for the best DX of the day. Good to hear 28MHz in such great shape.

Tim Kirby, G4VXE, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from Oxfordshire, England. Contact him at [email protected].

4 Responses to “When did 28 MHz get good?”

  • Stewart VA3PID:

    It was good, wasn’t it? I was making daytime QSOs on 10m today to Poland, which is usually strictly evening 40m material.

  • Bryan:

    It was nice today. Worked ex all day long. I was using the hustler 4btv at 90 watts. Work a bunch of European stations, south American, and pretty much all of the west coast.

  • Bruce Steel ZL1AAO:

    Still watching and listening for the Europeans to come up on 10m but it is encouraging to hear about the trans-atlantic contacts. Keep an eye out this coming weekend for Pacific activity with the SSB Oceania DX Contest 08.00z 1/10/11 until 08.00z 2/10/11 fingers crossed for some good openings!73

  • Fred W0FMS:

    The sun is finally starting to come alive and it’s the equinox, meaning we are really are seeing the best DX conditions in years for the higher bands. (The 160m guys aren’t as happy…)

    (Too bad I’m so busy I can’t take advantage of it! :O)

    I think you’ll see more of that and 6m opportunities as well. Enjoy!


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