2020 VHF Low Band Logs

Dispatrick

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Happy new year to all!

1-9-2020

45.980 203.5 Alabama DOC Morse ID received multiple times between 0325 and 0327 in the morning.

42.060 203.5 MO HP Troop D Springfield. between 1530 and 1820 this evening.

both stations very clear. Surprised by the AL DOC channel that early in the morning.

What are the predicted conditions for 2020 ?
 

spongella

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Pretty good intercepts from NJ Dispatrick. Here, low band VHF is dead most of the time, but as you've shown, it can come to life at any time and be very interesting. I've experienced CB band openings late winter nights with snow falling, those were definitely a surprise.
 

kkn50

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Very little activity.

FREQ......SQ......DESCRIPTION
31.1750 150.0 US MIL
32.0500 150.0 US MIL
32.1800 77.0 Taxi, Alajuela, Costa Rica
32.7500 150.0 US MIL - Medic training
34.2000 150.0 US MIL - Range Control, Camp Bullis TX
36.9000 150.0 US MIL - Martindale Army Heliport Ops, San Antonio TX
39.2200 192.8 KMA801 CA HP
39.3400 162.2 WPHM449 CA HP
39.4000 186.2 KTN273 CA HP
39.5200 173.8 CA Orange County Freeway Service Patrol
39.6000 162.2 WPHM348 CA HP
39.6800 118.8 KDG272 CA HP
42.4400 146.2 CA HP
42.5000 127.3 KLM513 CA HP
42.5600 118.8 KMH962 CA HP
43.5200 77.0 Ingram Readymix, San Antonio TX
49.4800 67.0 Pike Electric Ch 12 <nationwide contractors>
49.5400 67.0 Pike Electric Ch 2 <nationwide contractors>
49.5800 67.0 Pike Electric Ch 3 <nationwide contractors>
 

nd5y

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What's the best base antenna for low band skip?
How much money are you willing to spend?
You won't find a cheap commercially manufactured antenna that covers the whole band.
A 6 meter Ringo won't cover the entire band.
If you are only interested in skip then polarization doesn't matter.
Probably the cheapest and easiest way is making a multi element dipole (fan dipole).
 

W8UU

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What are you primarily interested in monitoring? Skip tends to "work its way up" from the lower frequencies (the "Maximum Usable Frequency') so the 30-36 MHz channels will always see action before the higher freqs get crazy. I've used a CB (27 MHz) ground plane with about 8 inches cut off the vertical element and had decent results. Also used a 33 Mhz Decibel Products DB-201 that was abandoned in place with good luck. Good coax and tight antenna connections also improve your ability to hear those weak and fleeting signals. Hope this helps.
 

trashman43

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Monitored from Central Ky using a BCT15X, Freescan and a 6 meter Ringo Ranger on 2-8-20

FREQSQCALLDESCRIPTION
31.000150.091B20US.mil
32.675150.0JSTARS
 
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