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606Re: [dxatlas] What have I gotten myself into?

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  • Bruce Tanner
    Jan 13, 2008
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      Sorry! I meant to say I use Ham CAP to get those 'prophecies'! It is a
      great program.

      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
      > anywhere!
      > 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.
      > 73,
      > Bruce, K2BET
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      > 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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