1) I'm glad that I've been of help...and glad you find the videos useful, too!
2) Please allow me a slight digression...
As for contacting others on HF Radio
, it's ALL about learning
radiowave propagation....(unless you have a DSC
radio, and only need to connect with other stations having DSC
as well, such as GMDSS shore stations, etc...)
This is similar to learning
to sail, learning to navigate, learning anchoring
, sail trim, line splicing, piloting, head repairs
, etc. etc. etc....you need to learn these things....
It is not like whipping out a smart phone
and tapping on an App, as this is relying on someone else / something else / some infrastructure (shoreside/terrestrial infrastructure), and with sailing you are on-your-own, it is you, the ocean, the wind
, etc...and it's up to you to learn how to do these things....
Please understand I'm not chastising here, not at all!!!
Rather, I'm trying to point out why so many folks new to HF radio communications
get frustrated, it's because nobody told 'em that they need to learn how things work
, just like learning sail trim, anchoring
, etc. etc. etc...
3) As for your specifics....
Originally Posted by mario f
Tried contact with WLO on three frequencies and no answer.
I'm still in Fort Myers Beach....
Any words of wisdom...
ka4wja are you out there?
have watched your videos again, have been a great help thus far.
From Mobile, AL (WLO) - to - Ft. Myers, FL....it's about 450 miles, and at this time of year (AND, at this time of the 11-yr solar
cycle, as it's on the down-slope), channel 824 will be a good first start....(and although my usual advice still hold true, to always try the highest frequency first, such as 1212, the close range of 400 miles or so, and the wintertime propagation, might force 824 to be the highest frequency that will allow comms reliably...it will vary day-to-day....so, depending on time of day, try 824 during daytime, first...)
a) From sunrise-thru-sunset (give or take an hour), channel 824 should work
very well....and would be your primary WLO channel!!
(you should also hear WLO on channel 607 during most of the day, with a weakening in early afternoon....and should also be able to use channel 1212 during the midday and early afternoon....but, these will vary, day-to-day...)
b) From 10am thru sunset (approx.), channel 1212 should also be useable....(some days it may be excellent and quieter than 824, other days it might be too weak and unusable...)
c) From sunset thru early evening 824 will fade out and you'll find channel 607 and channel 405 to be good....and as the night progresses, you may find 405 to be better than 607...
With medium-range, regional HF comms....and being wintertime, atmospheric noise on the lower freqs is less than it is in summertime, and with the lower MUF's during wintertime, AND the advancing downward spiral of the solar
cycle, you will find freqs a bit lower than I show in the videos will generally be more favorable...
But, fyi, as you move farther downrange / farther south / farther east into the Bahamas
, you will find 12mhz to be every useful during the day!!!
As for contacting Chris...
Originally Posted by mario f
Had coms with Chris Parker this am.. lou and clear.
Now I know the radio works well
Thank you to all for the help and great info.
This is a great site, hope to be able to contribute as soon as I learn more.
Thank you Thank you....
Understand that he is in Lakeland, FL...about 100 miles from you now....and when he added antennas a few years ago, his primary goal of increasing his range/reach was accomplished, and his good comms thru Florida
stayed about the same, good!
As you're very close, his 4045khz frequency is going to be your primary....(although you may hear him on 8137 as well, it's a little early and you're a little close to think of 8137 as usable, on a daily basis)
But, remember things do vary, day-to-day, week-to-week, etc...
I'm about 120 miles ENE of you, and while 8mhz should work in the middle of the day, 6mhz and 4mhz would be good most of the day....and certainly better in mornings and late afternoons...
I've been doing this for decades, and all the above is off the top of my head
....and if you delve into this in depth
, you too will gain a great understanding....
But, since few people will do this, I came up with a simple rule-of-thumb, or three...
1) The higher the sun, the higher the frequency....the lower the sun (nighttime), the lower the frequency....the longer the distance the higher the frequency...the shorter the distance, the lower the frequency...
2) For most on boats, the "higher freqs" are 8mhz, 12mhz, 16mhz (and the 20 meter ham band)....the "lower freqs" are 8mhz, 6mhz, and 4mhz (and the 40meter and 80meter ham bands)....
(notice 8mhz is in both categories....and the 40meter ham band could be as well....and this is because it depends on time-of-year, time-of-solar-cycle, and on distance of communications
3) Summertime, always try the higher freqs first....wintertime, the "higher freqs" are one step lower than summertime!
I hope this helps...