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AlphaMikeLima

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This maybe just me but I can never get any stations at all here in the OKC area. I'm using a Sony ICF-SW7600GR reciever with its stock antenna. Could the antenna be the reason? I tune to the frequencies at their UTC time and hear nothing. Any advice? Thanks.
 

HogDriver

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1. Make sure that if you have a "DX/Local" switch, you have it in DX.
2. Certain times of the day work with certain freq bands. Generally, the 9 Mhz band works well day and night, with the higher freqs, (11, 15, 17, 19, 21) during the day and below 9 Mhz at night.
3. If you can string up a simple longwire or center-fed dipole antenna, it will make a world of difference. If the radio doesn't have an external antenna jack, just clip the wire to the antenna with an alligator clip.
 

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Another thing is that most broadcasters do not specifically beam to the central US - most of the time, they're beaming toward the East or West Coast. Therefore, you are at the mercy of mother nature, and HF propagation - something that, if you want to get good at this game, you need to understand the basics. Our wiki article on the subject has a good link - at the AE4RV website - that will get you started...

http://wiki.radioreference.com/index.php/HF_Propagation

73 Mike
 
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