Ten on 10m FM - event 20th April

On 20th April, a small group of us are taking to high ground on 10m FM. Probably kicking off around midday in the hope of bringing some activity to bands & modes which are underutilised.

We’re calling it “Ten on 10 FM”. Essentially the challenge is to work 10 stations (or as many as you can) on 10m FM.

So far we have around 5-6 people who have confirmed that they will be putting on a station for us, most of whom are towards the South of England & around the Midlands. I’m hoping that more stations will be confirmed over the coming weeks.

We will all be working vertically polarised in the hope of working both local & DX, which should make for an interesting mix.

Obviously the more people we have on air, the better it’s going to work & I figured this could tie in nicely with the 10m SOTA challenge this year

I’m hoping that we can entice a few SOTA ops across Europe & the UK to take to the hills and join us in an attempt to stimulate a bit of activity on 10m FM.

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As this is likely to be an international event, I assume you mean 11:00 UTC?

Exact start time to be confirmed nearer the time but going to be starting around 1200-1300 UK time, which would be around 1100-1200 UTC

This date coincides with the next Trans-Atlantic S2S event, so there could be an opportunity to get some 10m FM contacts across the pond. Is a centre of activity frequency proposed?

The “core” hours for the S2S event are 1300 - 1700z, but some people are active before and after that time slot.

73, Gerald

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Hi James,
This sounds like a great idea, but don’t forget that the skip distance on 10 metres is a lot more than on 20 or 40m. Looking at what I can hear from down here in the South of Germany, the “black hole” appears to be in the order of 750 miles radius.
So don’t plan on many local (i.e. within the UK) contacts - those will only be a few ground wave contacts).
Often down here, I can hear US stations at S9+ while I can’t hear the stations from England or Wales that are being worked (Scotland and Ireland are far enough away to also be pounding in strong signals).

73 Ed DD5LP.

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Agree.

It’s primarily intended to be a local event with a number of stations on hill tops relatively close together working ground wave, but we’re hoping for some DX too.

Oh, you’ll be surprised by the amount of DX stations you’ll hear (and hopefully work) on 10 metres if the conditions stay as they are! Just working into the EU countries may be difficult.

73 Ed.

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