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Post by mudder » Friday, 30 June 2006, 15:22 PM

oh yeah well how about a string and 2 cups?LOL :8_too_funny: :88-bsflag11:


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Post by Rocky Mountain Oyster » Wednesday, 23 August 2006, 18:56 PM

Well, I've got a 102" whip on top of my shell here in the oyster bed.

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Post by RC » Sunday, 22 October 2006, 15:18 PM

Well wouldbe SSB Dxers.YOu can't hear what isn't there.The sun spots are at the 7year low and are working up.The next 7years the skip will be in longer,and wider as the year goes on.Right now you can find short skip in at night from 6pm Mt.time to about 11pm.Some days nothing.This time next year skip will be most of the morning hours and 2 years from now the long skip will be in......38 is the channel of choice for the new CBer,most old timers have a standby on the upper freqs.I favor 27475.0 anf for the downunder opperators it's 27.420.0 You will have to find the freq that you like and stay with is as a standby........RC 2SF137

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Post by RC » Monday, 23 October 2006, 10:17 AM

Your right Marvin,I have been on SSB before there was 40 channels.I was on 27.255.0 when there only was 23 channels and moved to 27.475.0 now.I don't use AM at all.SSB when you know how to use it is the best. RC 2SF137

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Post by lyrsbnge » Tuesday, 21 November 2006, 3:37 AM

marven wrote:There are still several SSB clubs active in the US, and many more world wide. I will try to post a list of them and when & where they meet.
If you are only using AM, your missing 1/2 the fun of CB. All it takes to have a SSB club is a couple people using it.
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I totally agree with ya Marvin. I live in Eastern W. State,and certain times of the year have talked all over the USA,Japan,Australia--etc. Of coarse--and i am not proud to admit it,,i was using an RCI-2950. But i have talked Lot of DX just on my Cobra 148F. I am just using a power supply,running some good cable out to by backyard chain-link fence. I have a 5/8Th's 20 foot straight "whip" antenna,works great!! Barry
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Post by Phantom » Wednesday, 22 November 2006, 1:02 AM

Back when I was running my TRC465 SSB Mobile as a base on the A-99 I had some good luck on 37/38 LSB/USB for making some good DX contacts. And I've always run barefoot. Hell even AM skip shooting barefoot was pretty good. When the conditions were good, I couldn't talk across town, but I didn't seem to have any problems talking to Virginia, Tennessee, and the Carolinas.

One time I had a modified TRAM radio and went to the upper side, and made a decent contact to Portugal from Eastern Ontario, Canada.

Now that was fun!!

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Post by BigBubbaBD » Wednesday, 22 November 2006, 5:49 AM

Sideband is great. Your right if nobody is there your not going to hear or talk to anyone.
Theres not to many people at all that talk SSB locally. Every now and then you will find someone.
But when AM skips starts rolling start hunting for some sideband broadcasts.. Dont give up after the first try.
I hear alot of people say "sideband sucks ive tried and never ever made a contact".. Well you must not be trying very hard. If you have a good radio thats stable on ssb you can and will make a contact.
You dont give up so easliy if you dont get your name called on AM do you?
I havnt had SSB for very long. Still have not heard any roll in from across t he big pond but I know its going to roll one day and I cant wait. Ive talked to canada and various places in the US. Matter of fact every time its been rolling and ive keyed ive made contact.
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Post by lyrsbnge » Wednesday, 22 November 2006, 6:22 AM

Mr.RadioActive wrote:I dont feel theres any "#^%$%^%$" contests going on. People have the right to disagree. If you read the posts I put up there isnt any contest going on.

Again, I like Corvettes. My cars perfect for me. But a soccer mom would disagree she may like a mini van. Does that make me wrong? Does that make her wrong?

Man, just because someone disagrees with you isnt a personal assult. You disagree with me, but do I feel offended? Not at all, again I'm totally sure your very knowledgable we welcome and encourage a interchange of ideas. But if someone disagrees that doesnt make it a attack.

Ive said it a thousand times, I love AM, just as much as many other guys. But SSB can be fun, I dont have $4000 in ssb rigs to talk to myself.

All that being said, lets get on with it and start posting some stuff to teach people. If we dont then we'd be acting no better then the boneheads on triple nickle!
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Post by PA629 » Wednesday, 22 November 2006, 7:51 AM

When I was in CB last time, which just happened to be during the last skip cycle, I made hundreds of contacts on SSB, mostly around 27.485 to 27.645, usually on LSB. Almost all the US states, the UK, and Western Europe, even got into Beirut and Turkey. But I used AM in the regular 40 to do the same thing, so it's a matter of choice. SSB was a change of pace and I'm sure I'll be using it again. I'm still trying to make contacts in Japan and Australia, so whatever it takes........ :wink:
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Post by Circuit Breaker » Wednesday, 22 November 2006, 12:24 PM

"yeah try talking skip without an amp or high powered radio now there's a challenge."

What's so challenging about it? My very first DX contact was from my San Diego QTH to a station in British Columbia on a Cobra 148GTL and a Radio Shack 1/4 wave ground plane 20' above our 2 story house. I worked all over the U.S. and even into Australia a couple of times all with the standard 12 watts on sideband. If it is a challenge, then I welcome it. It makes the contact that much more rewarding.

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Post by lyrsbnge » Thursday, 23 November 2006, 5:28 AM

BigBubbaBD wrote:Sideband is great. Your right if nobody is there your not going to hear or talk to anyone.
Theres not to many people at all that talk SSB locally. Every now and then you will find someone.
But when AM skips starts rolling start hunting for some sideband broadcasts.. Dont give up after the first try.
I hear alot of people say "sideband sucks ive tried and never ever made a contact".. Well you must not be trying very hard. If you have a good radio thats stable on ssb you can and will make a contact.
You dont give up so easliy if you dont get your name called on AM do you?
I havnt had SSB for very long. Still have not heard any roll in from across t he big pond but I know its going to roll one day and I cant wait. Ive talked to canada and various places in the US. Matter of fact every time its been rolling and ive keyed ive made contact.
You nailed that comment,it's very clear when it's there,no-matter what kind of rig your using/and when it's there you can notice certain times of the day/night it is "rolling" Ya can't mistake it!! I,as well,have allmost allways made several contacts when the conditions are right,sorta like fishi'n---you will not catch a thing unless the lines in the water!! And after all these yrs.--i still get a rush yakin to somebody 6 states away/let alone another country!! Barry
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Post by dan » Thursday, 23 November 2006, 14:51 PM

27.355 in aus

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Post by lyrsbnge » Friday, 24 November 2006, 18:14 PM

Circuit Breaker wrote:"yeah try talking skip without an amp or high powered radio now there's a challenge."

What's so challenging about it? My very first DX contact was from my San Diego QTH to a station in British Columbia on a Cobra 148GTL and a Radio Shack 1/4 wave ground plane 20' above our 2 story house. I worked all over the U.S. and even into Australia a couple of times all with the standard 12 watts on sideband. If it is a challenge, then I welcome it. It makes the contact that much more rewarding.
[color=darkblue][/color I have never used a linear,any type of amp. I have used my RCI-2950/so that is cheating,but talked to Japan,Hawaii,Australia on several ocassions.When the skips rollin in good,i make several contacts an HOUR just on my 148F used as a base with a decent antenna!! Barry]
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Post by Maverick » Tuesday, 28 November 2006, 21:07 PM

OK, I talk on AM and SSB, but I LOVE SSB! I do agree that there are some elitist ssb operators out there that think all AM ops are trash, and that's wrong; but there are different rules for SSB especially the freeband. The operating procedures for freeband ops are very similar to HF HAM operations. It seems like many people really don't know exactly what SSB is, so I'll try to explain it. SSB is an AM mode. AM has a carrier and 2 sidebands, but ssb uses only one sideband and no carrier. To make the signal intelligible, the carrier is added to the ssb transmission by the receiver. SSB radios are able to produce more power because all of it is concentrated in only one side band and no carrier.
For more info on Freeband SSB operating procedures try the freeband DX academy on the net. There are also lots of other cool modes being used on the freeband lately like SSTV, RTTY, and CW.
Hope this helps.
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Post by Maverick » Tuesday, 28 November 2006, 21:12 PM

OK, I talk on AM and SSB, but I LOVE SSB! I do agree that there are some elitist ssb operators out there that think all AM ops are trash, and that's wrong; but there are different rules for SSB especially the freeband. The operating procedures for freeband ops are very similar to HF HAM operations. It seems like many people really don't know exactly what SSB is, so I'll try to explain it. SSB is an AM mode. AM has a carrier and 2 sidebands, but ssb uses only one sideband and no carrier. To make the signal intelligible, the carrier is added to the ssb transmission by the receiver. SSB radios are able to produce more power because all of it is concentrated in only one side band and no carrier.
For more info on Freeband SSB operating procedures try the freeband DX academy on the net. There are also lots of other cool modes being used on the freeband lately like SSTV, RTTY, and CW.
Hope this helps.
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Post by Maverick » Tuesday, 28 November 2006, 21:13 PM

OK, I talk on AM and SSB, but I LOVE SSB! I do agree that there are some elitist ssb operators out there that think all AM ops are trash, and that's wrong; but there are different rules for SSB especially the freeband. The operating procedures for freeband ops are very similar to HF HAM operations. It seems like many people really don't know exactly what SSB is, so I'll try to explain it. SSB is an AM mode. AM has a carrier and 2 sidebands, but ssb uses only one sideband and no carrier. To make the signal intelligible, the carrier is added to the ssb transmission by the receiver. SSB radios are able to produce more power because all of it is concentrated in only one side band and no carrier.
For more info on Freeband SSB operating procedures try the freeband DX academy on the net. There are also lots of other cool modes being used on the freeband lately like SSTV, RTTY, and CW.
Hope this helps.
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Post by Maverick » Tuesday, 28 November 2006, 21:15 PM

How the hell did that happen??? Sorry, could an administrator delete 2 of those?
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Why and how come the skip has been goin crazy past week?

Post by lyrsbnge » Friday, 01 December 2006, 7:17 AM

Here in Wa. State,starting at about 5:30 AM---it's just hittin hard this last week!! Lower 38 has been CRAZY at times. Seems like when the cold front hit last Sunday,It's like clockwork!! I am using a RCI-2950,but thats it!! I am gett'in contacts every other
key-up,for 5-10 minutes,then--nuthin!! Weird!! Must be gett'in that time of year,was getting zero last week. Barry
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Post by doctor » Tuesday, 02 January 2007, 21:19 PM

ssb is the way to go for skip, I have a hard time on am unless the station is full scale on the meter to many big guns on both modes but still a lot of fun. I even tried FM the other night on 40 and made 2 contacts about 35 miles away..
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Post by Triple5 » Thursday, 08 February 2007, 14:31 PM

I seem to hear the most chatter on 27.385 thru 27.405, occasionally on 27.465 thru 27.485 in my area for DX

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Post by DaveinKC » Tuesday, 13 February 2007, 19:40 PM

I use SSB a lot and have fun with it.
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Post by 43glr187 » Tuesday, 20 February 2007, 7:51 AM

lol
ch35 / 27.355 lsb austrialia chit chat channel
ch38 / 27.385 lsb where stateside normaly comes in lol usb = wog channel
ch48 / 27.485 lsb grandpar
ch55 / 27.555 usb dx call channel

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Post by doctor » Tuesday, 20 February 2007, 16:51 PM

The skip season will be starting soon, and in a year or two sunspot cycles will be here, skip across the pond into the pacific island will be forthcoming.
I use 385 when it gets heavy try chnl 16 lower and then jump to 27.475 Kangaroo channel, a contact 24/7 on lsb
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Post by doctor » Tuesday, 20 February 2007, 16:53 PM

Try if your new 27.475 lsb ..the kangaroo channel always a contact 24/7 lsb

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Post by 316 » Thursday, 08 March 2007, 21:21 PM

Hey Doc you always get a hit on 27.4750?

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Post by 316 » Sunday, 18 March 2007, 21:09 PM

I guess no answer.

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Post by doctor » Monday, 19 March 2007, 14:21 PM

Yep 90 percent on 475, but the American kangaroo club is out of INDIANA so many kangaroos to chat with..
I found out lately ..555 is a good one around 4 pm daily it has skip from south America and the islands , usually last for 20 minutes, many qsy to 640 to converse.

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Post by 316 » Monday, 19 March 2007, 22:47 PM

Really I can't hear anything on there.

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Post by doctor » Thursday, 29 March 2007, 7:37 AM

Try putting your radio on usb, most of the guys<south America, and the islands> use that instead.
I got only one this week, wasn't on until later yesterday and it was to late..when you get a cold front moving your way or warm front..it will usually open up for a period of time.
Just holler for 795 sometime when it opens on 475 lsb....

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Post by 316 » Thursday, 29 March 2007, 9:21 AM

Ok

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Post by doctor » Thursday, 29 March 2007, 15:36 PM

What did you hear today...Brazil was in on 555 around 4:45 today lasted maybe 10 minutes....
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Post by 316 » Saturday, 31 March 2007, 0:48 AM

Yeah I heard it on USB today around Five o'clock

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Post by rabbiporkchop88 » Sunday, 08 April 2007, 22:27 PM

bazookajoe wrote:same here, i run lsb 27.385, 27.395, 27.475 and a few others.
on ssb i am known as needle bender 108 portable here in sunny tampa bay. and was one of the original founders of the charlie Michael group, i retired the call sign charlie Michael 8

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rabbiporkchop88 wrote:
bazookajoe wrote:same here, i run lsb 27.385, 27.395, 27.475 and a few others.
on ssb i am known as needle bender 108 portable here in sunny tampa bay. and was one of the original founders of the charlie Michael group, i retired the call sign charlie Michael 8

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Post by doctor » Monday, 09 April 2007, 15:53 PM

Nope I am not a needlebender, they have a forum, and give out numbers only once a year
I am a AMERICAN KANGAROO <27. 475>
AMERICAN EAGLE SSB Club<CHANNEL 16>AM/LSB<NICE FORUM>
CEF CHNL 13 am/lsb<NICE FORUM><copper forum>
AND A FEW OTHERS, who are not to active<I have never heard them>

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Post by triple7wva » Sunday, 06 May 2007, 17:28 PM

38lsb i can get canada on a daily basis...j.s

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Post by drgrant » Friday, 11 May 2007, 8:59 AM

Favorite thing to do on SSB when the band is open is to be able to talk to the same groups of people.

And when conditions are really good, it is like they are down the street from you. I remember at the
peak of the old cycle we would talk from MA to TX every day, like as if the guys were down the
street.

A lot of the TX guys on our freq at the time (27.700 LSB) would deliver some fairly crushing S9 or higher
signals on a regular basis, despite them being in TX. Only downside was that the damned mexicans
liked to get on the air, and they clutter up a large part of the band and just step on anyone they don't
like. (we couldnt hear them, but the guys in TX could, and they'd always get a headache).

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Post by triple7wva » Friday, 11 May 2007, 10:52 AM

i can set my watch by the canadian guys on 38lsb. i turn the saturn on 38lsb every day that im home at 4:15pm there they are liek clock work. ive been talking to these three guys for about 2 years now. . its cool to talk to the same bunch often...jas
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Post by N.T.M. mak » Sunday, 10 June 2007, 1:44 AM

Phaze91460 wrote:I have not as yet heard any skip on SSB :(
hiya mate. we normally hang out on usb high channel 12 or 4. lots of italian and spanish lately but good reports from east coast us this week. skips gettin better and better. lots of europeans on these channels

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Post by DX47 » Thursday, 21 June 2007, 18:05 PM

Upper side of 555 is always great :)

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Post by Spirittalk » Sunday, 01 July 2007, 7:52 AM

The problem with 555 and that part of the band is, everybody is stomping on each other , I heard an Italian using 2KW just to talk to the UK !
Some Europeans dominate triple 5 when looking for 2 division.

I had a blast in the Isle Of Man ( 137 division) in the UK seemed a lot of you guys wanted to log The Isle Of Man, UK and was brilliant couple of nights DXing.

I had a KLP linear with 600 watts through a 7ft Firestick on the car on some high ground and was able to match some of the guys with a beam from this location.

Home base with 100 watts, I will have to look for quieter frequencies I guess.

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Re: where do you talk skip on ssb?

Post by N.T.M. mak » Sunday, 01 July 2007, 8:26 AM

mudder wrote:I find talking skip on lsb on ch 38 seems to get the most contacts.what about you? :Peace!:
do ya use lsb mid band 38...? you're always in the back of ma box if ya do... abit in and out but normally there

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Post by Mentor3006 » Friday, 24 August 2007, 12:36 PM

38 lsb for making contacts. Generally speaking, if I make a solid contact with an old friend a long way off, I drop to 4usb, MUCH quieter.

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Post by doctor » Friday, 24 August 2007, 13:20 PM

I usually listen to 27.385 to see when skip starts and today it has, into Iowa and Texas, look around for others on 27.475, 27.505, and off and on 27.535.
Looked for that charlie michael group on 27.535 but have never heard anyone, infact applied to join and never heard from anyone. but the web page shows they are active, along with oscar kilo, never heard anyone either.

CDX has their contest for the next 3 or 4 days but have never heard anyone either...
Skip is good now though.

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Post by samskip » Friday, 24 August 2007, 13:44 PM

I usaully hang around 27.385 and 27.375 ... If I get a nice strong contact that I want to rag chew with I will drop it down a couple. Most of my work on 11 meter is just screwing around 'contesting'..... Quick 10 second contacts


Starting this evening and lasting through Sunday.... SKIP!!! KEEP YOUR EARS UP!! Suppose to be really banging on Saturday....

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Post by bullet » Sunday, 09 September 2007, 22:02 PM

Marven can you let me know when and where you post the club or send me a list.
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Post by tramster » Monday, 10 September 2007, 13:30 PM

i love SSB my self and also have the ways and means to drop a heavy maul on the bowl or any other channel too. it's great to get into the groups early on weekend mornings and have crystal clear ground wave communication with guys over 100 miles plus away. with skip conditions you can talk around the world straight out of a well tuned radio. i have talked from a Lincoln Town car with a wilson 1000 trunk mount not bonded to the body just with the swrs set & a RCI 2950dx doing about 40watts on ssb down into South America as well as into the Carribian sumthin i know won't happen on am when dx is runnin bare foot. at times it's fun to just get your name called out in dx land and key up and down on folk, but when i wanna carry on a conversation and learn about equipment set ups i go in SSB. been times during this summer i have been able to talk to guys all day long and well into the night dxin on SSB the same guys. i have talked to them from my base got into the mobile talked to them went shopping talked to them on the way home and back on the base well into the night. and these guys may be 1500 to 3000 miles away. i have guys that i talk Dx to on SSB that we have been talking together when conditions are right for over 20 years & more. the hobby is all good am & ssb but none ssbers take a good look at it and give it a chance and open up a whole new avenue to enjoy are great hobby. it's easy, with a properly tuned well made radio set the clarifier at 12:00 and forget about it. believe me straight out the radio you can talk world wide with out always pack-in heat on the smallest of antennas. heck i have talked to the UK on a ground plane right out a RCI 2950dx and held the conversation for over 8 minutes with a Qsl card confirmation. i love SSB :lol: :lol:

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Post by bullet » Monday, 10 September 2007, 13:54 PM

That is the way it was in the 70's. You could get QSL info and just talk with no fading. I just go off the phone with mike at RA and ordered me a SS-158edx. He said it is not as good at the 2950 DX, but if you like the features for AM it is a great radio. He said the modulation will be a little lower than the General Lee. That will not be bad the General is like the loudest and proudist modulation radio ever make. Mike is a great guy. I ask question and he took his time to make sure I understood. I would send anyone to RA. The radios have a better warranty than if you get them off the shelve else where.
I will be on SB in a few weeks.
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Post by RC » Sunday, 30 September 2007, 14:55 PM

It's like reading the same thing over and over.The sun spots cause the skip and the cycles run up and down.WE are at the low now and will be moving up.This time next year you should have some and it will get only better as we clime the latter towards the top and back down.Just keep and listing.
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Post by marven » Sunday, 30 September 2007, 18:14 PM

bullet wrote:Marven can you let me know when and where you post the club or send me a list.
Thanks Ron


I'll be happy to. It is actually taking me a lot longer to compile the list than I'd thought. I'm not sure, but I may be going about this the wrong way. I think I probably should have started with a new topic-- " List your current SSB club & frequency's", on the different forums, then added them all together.
The problem I ran into, was getting this list current, and active. I'm still waiting for an answer from dozens of the old websites, and from most aren't getting any response. Lots of them don't seem to be active anymore. And then we had everyone busy for the summer.

It was easier to do this when everyone was on the air to. lol

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