606Re: [dxatlas] What have I gotten myself into?
- Jan 13, 2008Sorry! I meant to say I use Ham CAP to get those 'prophecies'! It is a
Bruce Tanner wrote:
> Welcome, Spenser. You are right on time with your career development in
> amateur radio! I recall as a newly licensed General Class Ham back in
> 1960 or so that I was also in search of the illusive DX and those were
> pretty good sun spot years as I recall. The advice I received was to
> "listen deep"! I will pass that on to you as well as to continue using
> the new aides such as DX Atlas and Ionoprobe.
> I use the latter all the time as well as Band Master. I often use DX
> Alas to see where and when the 'Gray Line' propagation is occurring. It
> is amazing how much better you will hear the DX sigs during that 30 to
> 45 minute period when it is passing over your QTH location.
> I also check in with Band Master just to see where the DX is being
> reported from. Often times that data will let you know if others in your
> general locale are receiving DX signals...and from where, and then you
> listen deep! By that I mean into the noise level. It will take a while
> but as you 'tune your ear', as well as your receiver, you will be
> amazed at what you can dig out of what might appear to be just noise to
> you at this point. Learn how to use your filters etc. well also.
> I have Ionoprobe up on my screen most of the time and occasionally obey
> its prophesies by getting up early in the morning when it tells me the
> signals will be best in my location from diverse areas of the Earth. If
> you don't do that occasionally you will miss some of the juicy stuff
> that just will not find propagation paths to your door at any other
> time... well maybe in a few years as Cycle 24 warms up. If it is good
> you will hear stories about the bands being 'open' all day long to most
> Stay with it and stay with us.. I think you are at one of the right
> places for support and education though you are also apt to locate
> others as time goes on.
> Bruce, K2BET
> wapiti_sur_slayer wrote:
> > Greetings Everyone: I have just joined this group to try to learn more
> > about using Hamcap and dxatlas,and any other things that will help me
> > work my radio better.
> > I have been a ham for about 3-1/2 years, and I am working my way
> > through the hobby, trying to learn new areas of operating bliss.
> > I have mostly just listened to other hams on SSB, trying to learn how
> > to operate correctly, and improve my knowledge of what it takes to
> > become profidient at DX and working other stations.
> > Today I tried for the first time to use hamcap to learn what it will
> > do, and how to use it to make contacts on bands other than 40 and 80
> > Meters. I had some success (?) hearing DX stations on bands that I
> > had ,up until now, thought were dead because of the solar cycle.
> > I guess my main question is: Am I in the wrong group? I read through
> > the postings for the last few months, and they seem to just be talking
> > about new improvements to the program. Where is the best place to
> > learn how to use the programs and increase my learning curve? 73 Spencer
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