[CQ-Contest] Making the most of 40M SSB

Craig Cook craig.n7or at gmail.com
Tue Oct 25 15:26:34 EDT 2005

That sounds great, but he said Pacific NW. I hope you are right, but I
seriously doubt we will see anything like that on 10 up here. NM sure, but
not NW. I could be wrong, but I've been a small pistol in alot of CQWW-CW
contests from the Pac. NW. So. Cal, NM and AZ will be spotting lots of stuff
on 10 we can't hear at all. Way off the topic of 40 SSB, sorry. I personally
handle 40 SSB by avoiding it. But in a month for the CW weekend, of course
40 will be quite useful. Especially now near the cycle bottom. 73.

On 10/25/05, Steve London <n2ic at arrl.net> wrote:
> Guy Molinari wrote:
> > A newbie question:
> >
> > My station is of the 3rd tier variety (euphemism for little pistol). I
> run
> > 100 watts into a good
> > wire antenna and being in the Pacific NW, I can ususally put a decent
> signal
> > into JA on 40M.
> >
> > In past SSB contests I've typically viewed 40M as an opportunity to grab
> a
> > few mults. With
> > 10M all but gone this year I'm looking to maximize my use of that band.
> >
> > A question for the veterans,,, How can I make better use of 40M on SSB?
> Guy, as someone who has been doing CQWW Phone from the western USA for
> the past 20 years, I admire your enthusiasm, despite being a little
> pistol ! 40M SSB is a tough grind from the western USA, even with 1500
> watts and a yagi. Your best opportunity on 40 is to try to run some
> JA's. The rate will never be good, but if you do have a good signal,
> you could do 30-50/hour from 08Z-14Z. It's very tough work - you're
> going to get squeezed by USA big guns trying to find a good transmit
> frequency above 7150, and your listening frequency below 7100 is going
> to come under constant assault by DX stations who will use it as their
> transmit frequency, without knowing (or caring) that it's "your"
> listening frequency. And just when you think things are going well, a
> SW broadcast station will open up on your transmit frequency ! You also
> need to be careful that when you are working stations, they really are
> working you - you may not be the only one using that listening
> frequency. If the timing seems off, it's a sure tip-off that they're in
> QSO with someone else.
> By the way, I wouldn't totally write off 10 meters. It will certainly
> be open to the Carribbean and South America, and probably the South
> Pacific. In the 1997 CQWW Phone (similar sunspot numbers), I worked
> several JA's, South Pacific, EA8, CT, EA, 9U, TZ, and many, many South
> Americans.
> >
> > A question for DX stations,,, Do you bother S&Ping for US stations above
> > 7150? Do you
> > find many US stations QSX below 7100?
> Except for a few European countries that now allow transmitting above
> 7150, any USA station that wants to work much more than a few W's and
> VE's, must listen below 7100.
> 73,
> Steve, N2IC/5
> >
> > Thanks in advance for the insight.
> >
> > 73's
> > Guy, N7ZG
> >
> >
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