Topband: 3G0, TF4M, noise
paul at n1bug.net
Fri Jan 14 07:38:02 EST 2005
I'm not going to whine about last night because I worked 4
new ones!!!! But sure couldn't do any good with 3G0YP.
I was listening to the 40m op at 3G0 when he said QSY 160...
so I was there right from the start and stayed until they
left top band. The best peaks were 339 if I exaggerate a
little! Most of the time nil. Yes, I know... most people
were hearing them very well. Was anyone else in the
northeast U.S./Canada struggling with them or was it just
me? There was a fairly pronounced propagation peak 1100z
- 1145z on 80m this morning... so maybe if we could get 'em
on 160 then...
From sunset until I discovered how to get rid of it
(~0300z), I was plagued by S9+ noise. Classic 120Hz pulse
noise, AC power related in some way. Then I discovered
whenever I transmitted at full power for a minute or two it
would go away and stay gone for 30 minutes or so!? I made
sure to send some RF up the line every few minutes after
discovering that. I had icing conditions at the time...
rain and below freezing temps. I wonder if the noise was
being generated in on my antenna or tower somewhere. The
whole thing sits beside a 46 kV power line. Noise was not
a factor on copying 3G0, since I had discovered how to keep
it away by then.
TF4M made another attempt this morning. I worked Thor at
1012z. I didn't hear anyone work him after I did, but
didn't listen long.
Sun's up... time to sleep. Looks like another all night
vigil for me tonight if I want to maximize my chances of
getting 3G0 in the log.
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