Wanting to take advantage of the activity on 10 meters, that’s where I put the ICOM 707 this afternoon here in a cool Scottsdale Arizona.
That’s where I have been for the last hour and a half.
Scanning manuallyÂ up and down the band, attempting to find transmission to at least listen to.
For the first time in the past 4 days I actually did find something I could listen to.Â But, let me be honest, it’s either my hearing or every ham out there speaks so “Damn” fast it was all I could do to get even close to what they were saying.
I also must have been hearing call signs from operators in other countries and I was not familiar with them, so I didn’t under stand the calls.Â I was able to at least understand several transmission that were not in English, but at least I figured that out.
I was able to understand a fellow ham in Indiana, but that’s all I was able to get, his call sign was sent out so fast I missed all but the last letter of his call, I think, and that was R.
It’s a good thing I’m not working as a radio operator on an ocean going liner.
Now I could be frustrated, and yes to be honest I am a little, but now is not the time to give up.Â At least today I did here a couple transmissions and yes I was able at least to pick out part of what was being said.
The Solar activity is going to be on 10 meters awhile longer and I just need to get into the habit of spending at least an hour a day, and at different times of the day on 10, just listening.
I’m like 90% sure that the transmit part of my ICOM 707 is working so contacts will come down the road.Â But I just need to spend more time with my amateur Headphones plug in and the radio being on.