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40 and 80m today

Postby theleman » Wed Dec 16, 2015 1:07 am

hi All

Listened about the HF 40 and 80 m today, and there were a lot of chip pan frying noise of S5 to 7 at the background in the reception everywhere in the frequencies. Stations signals were weaker than usual. Is this the Sporadic E condition, or something in my rig or antenna? cheers.
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Re: 40 and 80m today

Postby m0lsx » Wed Dec 16, 2015 8:33 am

Normally Sporadic E is seen as CB up to VHF Band 2 (broadcast band) propagation with very occasional propagation at 144 & above. It is dependent upon atmospheric conditions but it should not be present on 40 or 80 meters.
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Re: 40 and 80m today

Postby theleman » Thu Dec 17, 2015 12:05 am

It must have been local noise of some sort. Today, it was still there on 80m, 40m and 15m band, so switched on the noise blanker switch on the rig, and it killed the frying noise nicely.
Thanks for your info on Sprodic E though. cheers.
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Re: 40 and 80m today

Postby Mick M5AED » Mon Apr 11, 2016 9:03 am

Nothing wrong with your radio or aerial, we are all suffering ! I have never known the lower bands to be this bad. 40m is normally used for inter G working, for example the WAB net on 7.160, for days now this has been almost impossible due to noise and long skip. We can hear Europeans but cannot hear anyone close by in the UK. Do not worry, things will improve. They MUST improve !!! I am not an expert but I think there has been solar flares and we are in the low end of the 11 year sunspot cycle. Anyone with more knowledge please wade in !
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