[CQ-Contest] Most Interesting Band

Ward Silver hwardsil at centurytel.net
Wed Aug 24 13:02:12 EDT 2005

> Here is a topic for the list that I haven't seen covered here before: 
> What do you consider to be the most interesting HF band propagationwise?
> For me, it is 15 meters, although there isn't much propagation there right 
> now.  Some of the time it acts like 10 meters, other times it acts like 20 
> meters.  And
> you never know what surprise you will find on it, like working XW0X at 
> 2:30pm local time in the 2002 ARRL DX SSB test, or 9V1JA at 10:30am local
> during June, 2001.
> 73s John NE0P

In the upper half of the solar cycle - 10-meters, which can go from 
VHF-like, sporadic-E to massive high-signal F-layer openings in a matter of 

In the bottom half of the solar cycle - 160- or 80-meters where you 
patiently lie in wait along the game trails of the ionosphere for those 
fleeting openings to normally out-of-reach locations.

During contests - whatever band I *should* be on, but ain't.

73, Ward N0AX

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