Dx tips för 27 Mhz

 

 

 

Frequency (MHz)                       Mode                 Usage

 

26.285                USB                     International call frequency

 

26.565                FM                      Unofficial DX channel in Germany (this is the German CB channel 41)

 

See: The CB Channels in Germany

 

26.575                FM                      Unofficial DX channel in Germany (this is the German CB channel 42)

 

See: The CB Channels in Germany

 

26.740–26.860                             LSB                      Packet radio 1200 baud, PG frequencies

 

27.235                FM                      Packet radio in Europe

 

27.235                USB                     SSB frequency used in 21 div. Sweden

 

27.245                FM                      Packet radio in Europe

 

27.245                USB                     11m ROS frequency (not so many stations however). See pskreporter.info for stations on the map.

 

27.275                USB                     SSB calling frequency in the UK

 

27.285                USB                     SSB frequency used in 56 div. Finland

 

27.315                FM                      Call frequency in Europe

 

27.355                LSB                      Call frequency in Oceania

 

27.385                LSB                      Call and QSO frequency: USA, Canada, Alaska etc.

 

See: http://www.delta-alfa.com/27-385-profile/

 

27.450                FM                      Carrier in the middle west coast of 56 div. – Can be used as an indicator of propagation to Northern Europe

 

27.455                USB                     International call frequency in Latin America

 

27.500                USB                     CW – also PSK31 and some other digital modes

 

27.515                LSB                      Caribbean islands

 

27.555                USB                     International call frequency

 

27.580                USB                     KP members USA and around the world

 

27.635                USB                     11m ROS frequency. See pskreporter.info for stations on the map.

 

27.700                USB                     SSTV call frequency

 

27.765                USB                     “Deutsche Welle”, German talking stations

 

27.781.25          FM                      This is 27/81 channel 19 in the UK

 

There is also a list of 11m call frequencies around the world on the DA website.

 

 

 

Good Practices

 

 

 

It's always good practice to avoid having a QSO on a calling frequency, even if the propagation seems to be gone – there might be propagation even if you don't notice it.

 

 

 

It's also good practice to always QSY after your general call. If you call CQ on a calling frequency and stand by waiting for calls, it's just creating more QRM to the call frequency which is often already crowded with lot's of stations calling.

 

 

 

You should avoid having QSOs in phone (talk) on or near any of the calling or digital mode frequencies. If you QSY from 27.555 to 27.560 or 27.565 and your signal is 9+ in all Europe, you're creating splatter to many listeners of the call frequency.

 

 

 

If somebody is calling a targeted CQ (CQ Outside of Europe, CQ Germany, CQ DX) only answer the call if your in the targeted area.

 

 

 

Many 11m operators do not correctly understand the term DX. In Europe we can consider stations in other continents (South America, Australia etc.) a DX, as well as some rare countries in Europe that are not so often on air.

 

 

 

Good Practices When Working Activations Such as SES, IOTA, DX etc.

 

 

 

Always write down the QSL info before calling or listen for it afterwards or look it up on the Internet. Never ask for the QSL info on frequency if there are many callers for the activity.

 

 

 

If there are many callers, always call by using your unit number only. If there are no other callers it's enough to call by stating your callsign, the DX knows his own callsign so there is no need to say that before giving your own call.

 

 

 

When you manage to get the progressive number, or in case of “in the log” system without progressive numbers just confirm the progressive or that your in the log and give an RS report to the operator if you have not done that already (to count it as a real QSO requires RS reports to be exchanged).

 

 

 

Some Often Misunderstood Terms and Practices on 11 Meters

 

 

 

DX                       Distant X, distant unknown – on HF (11m) contacts to other continents and possibly to some rare DXCCs in your own continent.

 

The Q Code QRZ                         QRZ is only used to ask the station calling you to repeat his callsign.

 

RS report          To give an RS report there's no need to look on your signal meter. RS report is given to a signal from the numbers on the RST scale which each have a meaning that must correspond to the signal you are hearing.

 

73                        73 means best regards. There is no 73's (best regards's), it is just 73 (seventy-three).