Why 10 meters is not my favourite band.

Everybody is on 10 meters nowadays! I am no exception, just check out my piece from yesterday. But 10 meters is not my favourite band. I’ll show you why….

Imagine scanning that in SSB! “Get the aspirin out, honey, I’m going on 10 meters now.” Can it get any worse? Yes, two nights ago someone was singing on 28.325 MHz. And not just for a few seconds, no minute after minute. Amateur radio keeps amazing me.

On a serious note: I can’t make much of the language that is spoken by most of the intruders. It is certainly not Mandarin, but there are definitely Chinese dialects amongst them. Most of what I hear, I think, are from southern Asia, probably the Philippines, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, etc.

In the mean time I spend more time on 12 and 15 meters than on 10. Especially 12 meters is a fun little band with a lot of the characteristics of 10 meters. Try it out yourself, you’ll like it. See you there.

Hans "Fong" van den Boogert, BX2ABT, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from Taiwan. Contact him at [email protected].

4 Responses to “Why 10 meters is not my favourite band.”

  • Larry VE8NX:

    CB slop over my friend. Freebanders and their assorted nonsense are making some appearances.

    I do agree that 12 is a nice band. SHHHH

  • Richard KJ4ZIZ:

    Yes 10 has some problems but so do most bands…
    I like 15 and 20 most of the time. However with 10 meters
    wide open I have to get the asprin and make the new country
    contacts…

  • KC9SWX / DENNIS:

    I HAVE BEEN MONITORING 10 METERS EVER SINCE THE SUNSPOTS OPENED UP THE BANDS TRUE 20 METERS IS DOING GREAT 15 METERS HAS BEEN HOTTER THAN ITS EVER BEEN IN HISTORY OF HF WITH THE BAND LINGERING ON TIL ALMOST 8 PM OR LONGER DEPENDING ON THE PROPAGATION &THEN 12 ,17, 20,40&10 METERS ARE ALL ROCKING AS EVER WITH PLENTY OF DX FREQUENCIES TO COVER I SAY GET OUT THE PC LOGGING PROGRAMS /OR PEN & PAPER IF YOU WILL AND GET TO WORKING AND LOGGING THIS DX WHILE ITS A GOING YOU MAY NEVER HAVE THAT CHANCE TO DO SO IN THE FUTURE IF IT ALL FADES OUT FROM THE LOSS OF SUNSPOTS & I,M NOT GOING TO WORRY ABOUT A FEW FREEBANDERS TRYING TO INTIMIDATE ME WHILE I MAKE MY CONTACT AS THEY KNOW THEY ARE UNLICENSED OPS OR OUTLAWS OF THE BANDS AND WE MAY NOT CATCH THEM ALL RUNNING OUT OF BAND BUT WHY LET THAT SPOIL OUR CHANCE OF SNAGGING THAT RARE DX CONTACT LIKE JAPAN OR JORDAN THOSE CONTACTS CAN BE MADE ON ALL THOSE BANDS I MENTIONED I,VE HEARD PLENTY IN BETWEEN THE HASH& TRASH ALL YA GOTTA DO IS FILTER IT OUT & THERES PLENTY OF DX GOING ON ALL OVER ALL THE BANDS SINCE THE SUNSPOTS CAUSED THIS BIG UPSWING IN THE PROPAGATION IT HAS BEEN SO NICE TO BE ABLE TO TURN ON THE HF RIG AND BAM! DX FROM GERMANY WOW! OR ENGLAND WHOO HOO WHAT TRIP THEY MAKE WORKING THE USA AND I,M ONLY A TECH BUT ITS ENJOYABLE TO BE ABLE TO HEAR THIS EVERY TIME I TURN THE RIG ON AS ONCE BEFORE LAST YEAR & THE FEW YEARS BEFORE THAT THE DX WAS SPORADIC IT SEEMED LIKE NOBODY WAS ON THE RADIO BUT THAT ALL HAS CHANGED THIS YEAR HOPEFULLY FOR THE BETTER JUST SAYIN 73 🙂

  • BX2ABT:

    @Dennis,

    I am not worrying about the rogue CB operators, neither do they intimidate me. They do spoil the fun a bit, though, and that is a pity. Saw an LX1-station yesterday, quite strong too in RTTY, but unworkable due to AM signals right on the frequency. I hope we annoyed that guy as we still exchanged the basics and kept the QSO going on for a few minutes.

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