30M Survey Results (fwd)

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From: Joe Spencer (jspencer@metronet.com)
Date: Fri Aug 18 1995 - 10:08:50 EDT


Chuck placed an excellant message to this survey on the DX reflector
and since there is a great deal of QRP reference and 30M stuff, I
thought the group here might be interested.

73, Joe KK5NA

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Date: Thu, 17 Aug 1995 18:39:17 -0400
From: N6NR@aol.com
To: dx@ve7tcp.ampr.org, 4x6tt@netvision.net.il
Cc: N6NR@aol.com
Subject: 30M Survey Results

I want to thank each and every one of you who responded to my survey request
on 30M activity. There were a total of 39 respondents from 6 different
countries. I was not surprised that there was little variation in the
commentary. I more or less expected that as 30M is limited in its appeal.
 Here are my observations:

1. The majority of the users in the USA enjoy the fact that the band is
limited in power output, namely 200W. There is a significant number of hams
that operate the band routinely at 10W or less. I heard Pete, W6ZH, in QSO
with a Seattle local last night. He was running QRP with his Argonaut. He
was S8 on peaks on a very stingy FT1000 S-meter.

2. Many folks commented that they prefer the band because 90% or more of
their operation is CW and is a great place to meet folks with the interest.

3. There was considerable lament over the amount of coherent noise generated
by the commercial fixed operations on the band. Not much we can do about
that one except work the dead spots.

4. There were many stories and reminiscences of how long a given person had
operated on the band and how many countries had been worked. I'll add my own
anecdote. My first QSO on 30M was with Doug DeMaw, W1FB, on Feb 9, 1983. I
was using an FT107 with matching antenna tuner and a 100 foot long wire 35
feet up in the trees. Doug's signal was a solid 569. I remember that the
band was very busy that day (for obvious reasons). Two days later I worked
my first 30M DX: ZL1AMO on 10104 at 0700Z.

5. There were a few observations about propagation. One individual observed
that the band was like a mix of 20 and 40, like 20 during the day and 40 at
night, which pretty much summarized everyone else's comments.

The big question, of course, was why is the band so underutilized? I will
summarize the comments as follows:

1. Directional antennas are bigger which limits their use in most
residential communities. Hence, most folks are forced into using G5RV's,
dipoles, and verticals.

2. There's no SSB allowed in the USA.

3. There is no multiband DXCC endorsement given by the ARRL (countries
worked do count for overall totals, however).

4. "The band is too darned small and I always have to dodge the commercial
stuff!!"

Overall there is great polarity. Those who don't like the band, REALLY don't
like it. The ones that do, LOVE IT. As for suggestions about stimulating
activity, John, VE8EV, made the suggestion that we all get together this
Sunday evening (NA time) from 0000Z to 0200Z for an informal "Internet
get-together on the air". No specific frequency, just get on. The band is
small enough.

I think it is a great idea and I plan to get on myself. I will echo the
sentiment of one gentleman that suggested that the DX stations (and some of
the less scrupulous Americans) keep the amplifiers turned off and operate at
200W or less. I will add that if this proves to be a fun event, we should
perhaps operate on a Saturday or Friday evening and broaden the times to
allow our friends in Europe, Asia, South Pacific, and the Middle East to join
in at a reasonable time.

As for the DXCC issue, I personally feel that 30M should have separate band
award status. I think that it would stimulate experimentation at lower power
levels and would generate a little more activity. There would still be the
incumbent responsibility to avoid interference to fixed services. I don't
see where chasing DXCC credit on 30M would place that at risk. It's clear
that contests, however, could have a serious negative impact.

Oh, and a final note. Don't forget to listen for Bob, KK6EK and the rest
from Easter Island (XR0Y) Sept 5-18 and Salas y Gomez (XR0Z) Sept 7-11,
somewhere between 10100 and 10115. Bob asks that everyone use real signal
reports this time. He only wants a 599 if he earns it!

73 de Rick, N6NR@aol.com

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