At 0730 today I noted radio conditions on the frequency bands we use would be poor – by checking the quick reference guide posted at http://www.reasignals.net/Local%20and%20DX%20Conditions.html
I flagged this up to the regular net participants that I would be listening on 80m as well as 60M, by email.
I heard Tom G4CMG call at that time with a test. I then tested my set up on 60M see results below.
Technical Set Up Here
For this net I was going to be using a Web Based Software Defined Radio Located in Nantwich in Cheshire. http://hackgreensdr.org to receive signals via a PC on the internet and I would be transmitting using a PRC320 running 200Watts on 60M.
I decided on this set up because local radio noise on HF is a feature here, which kills my receiver. I have a continuous noise level around Strength 7 (S7) and usually anything over S8 I can hear with difficulty. (I thought I was going deaf for a while 🙂
Most times signals are below the noise level. I sussed out that people can hear me quite well as I can raise about 200 Watts now.
This noise problem is something I have not yet got round to resolving – busy day job.
Receiver in Cheshire, Transmitting from Gravesend – Full duplex.
I have to say it worked very well – the Hack Green set up is located in a former nuclear bunker and these locations were pretty much designed for low noise operation by virtue of their location – away from noise sources and their shielding. If you have never visited one – Go – it is a remarkable study into the cold war and the engineering that went into the design is an eye opener.
80 Meters – 3.722Mhz
I used my TS570D with about 60Watts with a Clansman noise cancelling microphone I was able to listen to the net at reasonable strength all round without headphones using the Web SDR to recieve. I confirmed the noise conditions by alternating between the local receiver and the remote one. Greta result see (or hear) the attached.
60 Meters – 5.371.5 Mhz
As predicted – not usable for Near Vertical Incidence Skywave up to 200 Miles at the time of day we normally operate. At this link is a recording of the net which lasts for approx ten minutes. Very interesting….
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