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    Default Everything quiet - is it me?

    Hi,
    So I called CQ for the very first time last night with my FT-450D Christmas present and offset dipole. I tried bands 80, 40, 20, 17, 15 and 12 for a couple of hours but not a sausage! I spent some time listening to the bands as well but didn't hear any voice activity, only some data modes and a bit of morse. Now my dipole is temporarily lashed up inside the house so not ideal. Was it just a quiet night or do I need to get that dipole up a tree?!

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    Outdoors, up as high and as close to "in the clear" as possible. Since this is your first venture on the air, I'd suggest you make a couple single-band dipoles (conventional).
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    Pat K7KBN
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    you said late last night... I figure 40 and 80 should have had traffic...
    as stated, outside, as high up and as in the clear as you can make it.

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    You can go online and check either of these two sites out to see what has been happening with propagation on the bands.
    http://www.hrdlog.net/
    http://www.bandconditions.com/
    Also Dr. T is predicting poor ham radio conditions for this week.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOI8PCahvMk

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    Find one of the bazillion SDR radios on line near you (or within a few hundred miles anyway) and compare what you hear to what they hear. Might be helpful.

    http://sdr.hu/?q=kiwisdr
    http://websdr.org/

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