Topband: Band coming alive

Mike Waters W0BTU mrscience65704 at
Wed Aug 25 22:13:26 PDT 2010

Hello Jim,

I'm sure I speak for everyone else in this group (with lots more 160 experience than I do) when I say that we would simply love to give whatever encouragement that we possibly can to any newbie making his first steps on 160, whether we like working DX or not.

Right now, I can only listen on 160; my inverted-L has a problem that I'll have to walk through all the weeds and ticks to find. Soon. :-)

How can we help you? Would you like us to listen to your signal? Glad to help however we can.


Mike Waters

--- On Tue, 8/24/10, Jim Brown <jim at> wrote:

From: Jim Brown <jim at>
Subject: Re: Topband: Band coming alive
To: "TopBand" <topband at>
Date: Tuesday, August 24, 2010, 9:52 PM

On Sat, 21 Aug 2010 20:41:46 -0500, David Raymond wrote:

>Topband brought a nice surprise this morning here in Iowa with a QSO with 
>Topband stalwart Bobby, VK3ZL, coming through the QRN with a nice signal.  
>With the poor sunspot activity lasting this far into the new cycle, maybe 
>we'll have another good season.  Last season yielded remarkable over the 
>pole openings here in the Midwest with Zone 17, 18, & 19 being often 
>workable (sometimes daily) both morning and night.  

I've had a rig on 160M for a week looking for stations with whom I can 
exchange signal reports on a new antenna. So far, except for about an hour 
during NAQP SSB Saturday night, the only station I've heard is W7OE calling 
CQ, and a JA that he couldn't raise. I wouldn't call that alive, I'd call it 
dead. I made 15 QSOs during NAQP. 

People talk about how they love 160M, but they only want to work DX, they 
don't want to give encouragement to a newbie making his first steps on the 

73, Jim K9YC

UR RST IS ... ... ..9 QSB QSB - hw? BK


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