HIAWATHA VALLEY 10-X CHAPTER
SUN. 2000 local 28.725 mHz
"Let's promote activity in our full allocation, 28 to 29.7 MHZ, and demonstrate to the FCC that we deserve to keep it all."
The above quote from the Summer Quarterly Bulletin for 1976 just about wraps up the purpose of the 10-X group. I included this quote because there seems to be some
confusion as to what 10-X is.
As we all know 10-meters is a "dead band" during the sunspot minimum, or is it? An opening Oct. 14 GMT made 10 sound like the 20 meter phone band. This activity during the opening is a direct result of 10-X.
Let me back up for a minute. Everyday of the year, area chapters of 10-X across the world fire up their rigs on 10 in hopes of an opening. And on the 14th of-Oct., instead of working groundwave across state, a W2 chapter found itself working into KH6 land. Without the chapters there would have been no activity on the band to observe this unpredicted opening.
One final remark. It was reported last month that there was a Hiawatha Valley Chapter formed. It has recently been discovered that to become an official chapter we need to have five 10-X members in our groundwave area. To date we have only 3. If you are interested or are a member of 10-X, please check into the group meeting at the above time and freq. so that we can become an official chapter.
P.S. If we are able to become an official chapter, one of our activities will be monthly propagation reports for all HF bands to be published in HAMGRAM. We will also try our hands at making a few HF band propagation predictions.