Thursday, July 2, 2015

Tutorial on the 40 meters amateur radio band. Post #478


Excellent introduction to the 40 meter Amateur Radio band. If you have trouble viewing this video, please enter the following URL into your web browser: https://youtu.be/aqQCW4tR7Fk. This well-produced video covers the Amateur Radio activity permitted in the 7.000 MHz to 7.300 MHz frequency range. The 40 meter band can be used in the daylight hours for local and regional contacts, while the band really "opens up" at night with international contacts possible. A variety of modes can be used here, ranging from Single Sideband (LSB) to CW and digital modes.  A dedicated AM phone group sometimes meets on 7.290 MHz to discuss older rigs, antennas, and AM technical topics. A simple dipole antenna mounted as high as you can get it will get you many contacts at powers below 100 watts.  Many QRP CW operators hang out around 7.060 MHz.  One of the reasons I got my Extra Class License was to go below 7.025 MHz for the often exotic DX that can be found there. Of course, that piece of the 40 meter band is reserved for CW, so a little extra practice on your key would pay off handsomely in getting some of the rarer DX to be found these days. For the latest Amateur Radio news and events, please check out the blog sidebars. These news feeds are updated daily. You can follow our blog community with a free e-mail subscription or by tapping into the blog RSS feed. Thanks for joining us today! Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).