Topband: 630m Crossband Evening

Steve VE7SL at
Wed Oct 29 13:36:45 EDT 2014

I know that many topband operators are interested in and are following the 
activity on the 630m band (472 - 479kHz) as agencies work towards this 
becoming a ham band in the U.S....some of you are even transmitting using an 
experimental licence. All Canadian amateurs gained access to the new band in 
May of this year.

This coming weekend, a 630m Activity Night will see many experimental 
stations on the air, including some of the old Maritime CW stations. As 
well, on Friday night only, three Canadian stations...VE7SL, VE7BDQ and 
VO1NA will be operating in the 'crossband mode', transmitting on 630m CW and 
listening for CW replies on designated HF frequencies. Hopefully many of you 
will take a look for us during our scheduled operating times and if hearing 
us, would give a call on HF....we would love to work as many as possible 
during the Friday night event. All three stations will be running the 
maximum erp and with the improved propagation conditions of fall, hope to be 
workable throughout many call areas in Canada and the USA.

For the finer details of times and frequencies of the crossbander operation, 
as well as a link to the ARRL's news description, please see:

You shouldn't need a fancy antenna to just listen on 630m but you will need 
to be able to switch between listening on 630m and then transmitting on HF, 
perhaps using two different antennas to make it easier...or maybe just A/B 
switching your antenna selection manually.  We hope to hear many of you 
calling on Friday evening!

73  Steve / VE7SL

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