NCRC, since last Fall, has been running a HF Net on 3.900 MHz on Wednesday nights at 7:30 PM local time. Conditions have been excellent since the change to Daylight Saving Time, and its been fun hearing the participation increase each week. Tonight, for example, we had 15 stations from RI, NH, MA and CT check in, almost all with excellent armchair signals. Rich, KC1ARO checked in portable from his location in the White Mountains of NH using a 80 meter “Hamstick” on his car.
The other thing that is interesting is it is an opportunity to dust off some of the wonderful tube radios that we all have. It is wonderful to hear a rig like the Drake TR4 or Swan 500 on the air with their sweet sounding audio.
So don’t forget, Wednesday nights, 3.900 MHz at 7:30 PM local time. Hope to hear you soon!
PS: check-ins for May 3 included the following: KC1ARO, K1YBE, N1PSX, K1ECU, W1LY, WA1ABI, KC1HEP, WX1X, WB1CTP, W1DEC, AA1XQ, N1ENG, W1VAK, K1GHC, WB4SON
Several members of NCRC have expressed interest in establishing an 80-meter SSB net. David Cain, W1DEC, did some scouting for us and observed that 3900 KHz is usually clear around 20:00L, and that was the case on Wed Nov 23, when we had our first get together. Members who participated were:
- W1DEC, Dave, in Jamestown
- W1LY, Willy, in Jamestown
- WB4SON, Bob, in North Kingstown
- KA1ZOU, Jim, in North Kingstown
- KC1SD, Jim, portable in New Hampshire
- W1LAB, Pete, in North Kingstown
- KD4MCB, Barry, in Syracuse NY
- KC3BOM, Joe, in Pittsburgh PA
- NO5G, Philip, Minden LA
- KI4ODO, Marvin, Louisburg NC
- KA4IZN, Jim, New Bern, NC
- KC4SC, John, Portable in NC
Willy’s signal seemed to hold up the best, with a mostly vertical oriented antenna and a solid KW of output power. It was interesting to hear other stations and their relative strength compared to some of our own local stations — HF propagation is always fun!
Jim Kyle is hearing signals about 40 dB lower than the same time last night, which might support the thought that skywave propagation is not the same as last night.