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Subject: Re: [Amps] 6M amp.
From: Jim Brown <>
Date: Sun, 23 Oct 2022 10:43:59 -0700
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On 10/22/2022 7:36 AM, Jim wrote:
This is due to FT-8.

In my opinion, it should be outlawed.

Yeah, we shudda stuck with spark! And we damn sure should never have abondoned AM.

The sad fact is noise levels on the bands have exploded by 10-20 dB over the past 15-20 years, thanks to switch-mode power supplies, power-control electronics like variable speed motor controllers, and solar power systems, combined with the de-nutting of the FCC in the name of "small government."

When I moved from Chicago to NorCal in 2006, I could work EU on 160M a few times a season. In the past 7 seasons, with a better TX antenna and the same RX antennas, I've HEARD six EU signals on 160, and two of them have heard me.

All of this is far bigger than ham radio. K1JT's suite of digital protocols have given us tools that allow us to work 10-16 dB deeper into that noise. During the solar minima that peaked a couple of years ago, I added 20 EU countries on Topband.

73, Jim K9YC
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