I occassionally listen on 73 khz and never hear a soul. Is there anyone
still active on the band. At this QTH the band is noise free, no loran
etc, the same at my GI QTH, far away from the South coast loran qrm.
Considering there is only 1 year left for UK amateurs to experiment I am
surprised there has not been an upsurge, its the opposite. Its a pity
the band was not allocated to the EU community, where there seems to be
more enthusasism. I call/listen nearly every day on 136 khz and
generally work a few EU stns, but seldom hear any UK acty. I can copy
all modes but normally work CW or QRSCW.
When the band mode was normal CW or QRS there seemed to be a lot of
acty, but now the odd bit of acty consists of splinter acty 1 jason, 1
on hell, 1 on measles 1 on QRS all calling CQ and little QSO acty, maybe
the odd time, not to mention the odd psk31 or other versions.
A number of would be LF participants that have contacted me are only
interested in CW, certainly as beginners, but there is not the acty to
encourage them to the band.
I am also surprised at the lack of interest throughout EU, no new
countries this past year or so.
Room for thought.