11 Jul 2009

6m AM and noise

Two local tests with stations on 6m AM have shown just how noisy the band can be when using this mode. M1KTA was 18kms away and M1MAJ around 15kms yet both were not strong on the vertical V2000 antenna on 6m AM even when they were using FT817 rigs at 2W AM. We were going to try the SixBox but signals would have been too weak. Switching to USB made a lot of difference (better) unsurprisingly, as the noise level reduces with the bandwidth.

This goes to show how AM signals do need to be strong to overcome the band noise: when signals are a decent level AM is a fine mode, but it can be hard work when they are very marginal with lots of noise in the background.

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