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PostSubject: IOTA weekend   IOTA weekend Icon_minitimeSat Jul 17, 2021 1:15 pm

Next weekend is the 24-hour Islands On The Air contest. It runs from 1200UTC on the 24th to 1200UTC on the 25th. Using CW and SSB on the 3.5 to 28MHz contest bands, the exchange is signal report, serial number and your IOTA reference. Stations on the UK mainland are IOTA reference EU-005; a full list can be found at iota-world.org.

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PostSubject: Re: IOTA weekend   IOTA weekend Icon_minitimeSat Jul 24, 2021 9:23 pm

I've listened in on 10m off and on all day today, but the band has been dead to me unfortunately.

The graphs on propquest are showing conditions are currently going up at the moment and are at their best they have been all day to me. A few signs of life on 11m now, so might be a chance of an IOTA contact or two for me on 10m shortly.
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PostSubject: Re: IOTA weekend   IOTA weekend Icon_minitimeYesterday at 9:11 am

Same here zzzzzzzzzzzz , but from other 10m nuts I know around the Country its been the same for everyone on 10m SSB . IOTA very much like CQWPX back in March as regards propagation on 10m SSB .
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PostSubject: Re: IOTA weekend   IOTA weekend Icon_minitimeYesterday at 10:37 am

Why don't you guys drop down to 20m ? I am getting comfy with 20m and only have a 1/2 wave wire. As I am a static mobile station 10m is a bit risky for me with 1 band antennas... can end up listening to a dead band too often, bit too quiet on there for me now.

I appreciate it is more difficult to operate a beam on though... size wise.
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PostSubject: Re: IOTA weekend   IOTA weekend Icon_minitimeYesterday at 11:37 am

Its not much problem for a beam on 20m in the form of a Hexbeam , the turning radius isnt much more than my 10m monobander ( its the 3d profile is the difference ) . 20m does nothing for me whether using a 1/4w Vertical portable or a 2ele beam (hex) from home , but its whatever floats your boat . As we move into SC25 10m will get to easy to work stuff and I've already began to think on 4m SSB for late 2023 if I'm still on air then .

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PostSubject: Re: IOTA weekend   IOTA weekend Icon_minitimeYesterday at 2:56 pm

Is 10m a lot different, I have never been there before/yet.
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PostSubject: Re: IOTA weekend   IOTA weekend Icon_minitimeYesterday at 3:18 pm

"Is 10m a lot different" than what ? If you mean 20m aka the DX band aka the Easy band then yes at /around Solar miniumum , in two or three years not so much. A prime example would be the ARRL INT. DX contest held in March , on 20m its been possible to work many many stations from all over the USA for last few years where as I don't know if anyone in the UK has worked even one on 10m in the contest in the same time period .
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PostSubject: Re: IOTA weekend   IOTA weekend Icon_minitimeYesterday at 6:39 pm

Ok I thought it was different in that it was more friendly or a different QSO character on 10m. Yes I understand 10m is mainly closed now. I suppose 20m being easy depends on your DX aims, power and antenna choices. So far I did not find having to compete with stations running 1KW into a beam particularly easy, speaking for myself.... getting there with it though.
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PostSubject: Re: IOTA weekend   IOTA weekend Icon_minitimeYesterday at 6:56 pm

Well done , the main thing is to enjoy it. If you want a friendly band then the one that fits that most ( imo ) is 17m , much more a band for extended chats and propagation wise not much different than 20m
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PostSubject: Re: IOTA weekend   IOTA weekend Icon_minitimeYesterday at 9:50 pm

Maybe compete was the wrong word, share might be better. Compete is a decent description when it comes to the pile up scenario. You slowly learn how to approach things relative to your own station. I am imagining in 3 years 10m will become the new 20m for a few years through the cycle peak.
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