HF Active Frequencies? HAM or Marine SSB Help Please?

 
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2018 7:39 am    Post subject: HF Active Frequencies? HAM or Marine SSB Help Please? Reply with quote

Hello Bushtracker Friends,

Any of you HF VK HAM Operators, can you give me some active frequencies please. I am testing an HF installation, and am not sure it is alright. I can get barely get Charlieville weather for the coast, poorly in the morning, very poor on 4.426 Mhrz 8.176 Megs and only mid day 8.176 for Qld weather. I have never heard them on the higher frequencies of 12.365 and 16.546 day or night. I suspect something is wrong with this installation and or antennae and auto tuner, as have not found any active HAM frequencies like I would have expected.

Any active frequencies or Nets and times would be appreciated. Like any from English Speaking areas, North America if possible, but specifically any nets in Australia would be appreciated. Maritime Mobile, or Outback Radio VK nets, anything appreciated. Thank you in advance..

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2018 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://hfradio.com.au/codan_%20barrett_qmac%20hf_radio_information/listening_frequencies.htm

Steve,
Charleville on the high frequencies is almost always difficult.
Try those listed in the attachment.

I will turn my radio on later and see if there is anything about.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2018 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Graeme,

Very kind of you..

I have a printer with me. When I have better reception, I will print those out and give them a try..

Thanks again, stg


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2018 12:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Steve
8176 Charleville is currently transmiiting, clear signal in Sydney.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2018 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Graeme,
Missed that one, but am getting the "Northern High Seas" report now at 12:30..

I need to learn to use the radio, Voice Squelch would probably clean it up, but it is clear with just the background static... Anyway, my location is Whitsundays off shore.. This installation seems to be OK around 40 metre band 8 Megs mid day, but nothing found higher...

I have not found anything in the 20 Metre band, where I would have expected the traffic...????


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2018 1:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Graeme,

I have a listing that 28.390 Megs is a recommended intra VK calling frequency..
Is that correct?

Could you recommend a freq where I just sit and get some VK Ham traffic?


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2018 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have you tried any of 28.450, 28.680, or 28.885.
I don't use these but will check them shortly and advise if there is traffic.



..........edit:
Just checked all 3. There is a little traffic on 28.885, nothing on the other bands, also there is a little traffic on 28.600, you may have to back off up to 10kHz for clarity.
Hope this helps.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 25, 2018 8:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello again Graeme, Sorry for calling you Dave, I was talking to a Dave on the internet, and was preoccupied lost in this radio... I corrected all the Posts and feel stupid.. Sad

Boy am I rusty... KB6KFX Technician Class, and N6NHK General Class, but that was in what the 1980's? Then I had a VK5? License in the 90's, but I am lost in this Icom 801E Marine SSB that has a manual VFO mode to go down to the HAM bands.... I was searching HAM areas on the J3E Mode which turns out to be USB... I have now switched over Mode to LSB and will try again... Confused

Thank you for any help you can give. I am just not sure this installation is any good on the higher frequencies. Even on the lower freq, this morning at 0830 on 4426 I got Charlieville only on a fair to poor level and nothing 8176...

Thank you for any help you can give on active frequencies. So far I have not gotten anything over about 10 Mhrz....
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2019 10:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Steve,

Try 7060 (LSB) around 7am. This is the Coral Coast Ham net and usually has lots of traffic. There are also some skeds run by various H.F. Network providers. You are always welcome to listen in but not transmit.

HF Radio club run Eastern Australia skeds each afternoon 4:30-5:30 (Sydney time). They are 15mins on each channel starting on 11487, 9380, 7899 and then 5135. Two hours later they run a WA sked, same channels. During travel time they have morning skeds at 8.30-9:30 starting on 5135, 7899, 9380 and finishing on 11487. These are all USB.

Info here: https://hfradioclub.com.au/

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