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Ron Smith
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N7RD Ham Since 1987
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Other Callsigns
KB7CUD 1987
N7KBN 1987
KF7JF 1992
N7RD 1996

My Ham Radio Interests
CW Only, DXing, rag chewing, one day reaching Honor Roll.
Have 7 Band DXCC CW Only, working on 80 meters now.

Yaesu FT-1000MP Mark 5
Icom IC-706MkIIG
Ameritron Amplifier
Hy-Gain TH-3 Mk3 Yagi
450 Ohm fed dipole @ 40'

Other Interests

ARRL - Fists # 2714 - 10-10 International # 44933 - QCWA - SKCC # 5507T - Essex CW Club # 262 - CW Ops #1551 - Pro CW Club # 89 - Russian CW Club # 1016 - NAQCC # 1178 - TRC - CTC # 88 - A1 Operator Club -TBDXC # 519 - West Valley ARC - CADXA - Arizona Outlaws Contest Club

HF Band Lows

From N7RD

11/6/2018 3:16:59 PM (5 comments) Add a commentAdd Comment

Well as we all know the bands are just in the tank. I still try each and every day and to my amazement there is still some good DX to be had out there. The VP6D DX-pedition was really good. Think I got them on 7 bands of good CW work. The November SS was good also just seemed it was not my weekend for contesting. Think I did about 40 or 50 Q's and was just not feeling it so hung it up this year. Looking forward to the CQWW CW test, never really go hog wild about it but sometimes there is some DX that can fill some band spots for me and it's always fun to see how well the rig preforms with all the big guns out there. The up coming holidays are almost here, so if your reading this I want to wish all of you a happy holiday season from Arizona and hope 2019 will be a great year for everyoen.

Best Regards,
Ron N7RD

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by WB4IUY 8/9/2019 6:06:02 AM

Hi Ron, sure hope we've hit the bottom of the cycle and looking upward now :-) Been focusing mostly on 30m and down, those bands seem to be pretty good when the sunspots aren't cooperating :-) 73 es Good DX to ya from Sunny NC.


by N7RD 8/9/2019 9:24:54 AM

Great Dave, hope to run into you on those bands, yes they seem to be much better. Best of DX to you also...

Ron N7RD

by WB4IUY 11/15/2019 4:39:45 PM

Hi again, Ron! I had a problem where I buggered up my password here and just got that straightened out and back on myhamshack :-) Anyway, the lower bands have been my hangout during the lull in spots, can't wait to see those numbers go back up :-)


by N7RD 11/16/2019 7:16:31 AM

Hi Dave, know what you mean. I tore my shack apart as I just sold my FT-1000mp Mk5. It's sort of quiet here, I purchased a one owner FT-2000D from a friend in New Jersey. It has the AC0C roofing filter installed and is a 200 watt rig like my Mk5 was. Seemed like a good time to get all ready for the upcoming low band season. Hope we can hook up on the air. I am on about every day but will be about a week before my other rig gets here. Best of DX Dave talk later. Ron N7RD

by WB4IUY 11/30/2019 8:50:10 PM

Hi Ron,

Wonder if your FT-2000D has come in, yet? Been having a blast here on 30m & 160m FT8. New mode to me, still learning how to use it best.


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