Sunday, July 06, 2014

Amateur radio (also called ham radio)

My Radio Station WB9OTX
Today (July 6,2014) was a date to remember in the Ham Radio world. The solar flux peaked at 201 and communications was reachable around the world. This was a Sunday so most operators were off work and playing with the radios in everry part of the world. I worked several stations on the 6 meter band (50 Mhz.) and I think several state side stations worked Europe, this is a rare feat. I used a digital mode called JT9 to work all over Europe, North America, and Japan using just 5 watts of power. This solar cycle has been slow to peak but it has finally done so. The propagation for radio waves is determined by the sun's solar cycle that peaks every eleven years or so.

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