10 Metres, 28.0 – 29.7MHz
This is the band everyone loves as it provide the chance under good conditions to work globally with low power from the shack or in the mobile using simple and cheap aerial configurations. Yes, in sunspot minimum years the band is very quiet but can produce fun via sporadic E in spring and summer.
10 metres is by far the widest of the HF bands and can seem very empty during the years of sunspot minima. However, there is often propagation to somewhere at many times, so it’s always worth checking and calling. During sunspot maxima, it can be open worldwide and contacts are easy with low power and simple antennas.
In the summer months, sporadic E propagation is very common, providing very strong signals around Europe and further.
The upper part of the band, above 29.1MHz, is also used for FM, and there are a number of repeaters and internet gateways in this segment of the band. AM operation can also be found in the 29.0-29.1MHz range. AM is allowed by exception in the 2700Hz All Mode segments on all HF bands except 30 metres.
Unfortunately in the UK the 10m repeater is a rare beat (3 I think) but working through repeaters in the USA and Europe if very possible producing some very unexpected contacts at times.
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