This weekend spent a little time listening to the ARRL Ten Meter Contest. I often hear both hams and SWL's saying the upper bands are not very good because of the sunspot cycle, but I have not noticed it so much. I tune across the ten meter band almost every time I sit down in front of the radio and it is very seldom I don't hear something. Even when there are no stations communicating, the beacon stations between 28.200 and 28.300 are audible.
I was not able to transmit during the contest this year, only listen. During the period of time between 0000 and 0117 GMT I was able to hear and log seventy stations, including numerous Japanese stations, plus Vietnam, South Korea, several Asiatic Russians, a couple Chinese stations and Hawaii and Alaska. The much nearer stateside stations were all very weak or very fluttery sounding, like I was probably hearing them on backscatter.
A sample of the loggings are listed below. Loggings were done with an Icom R-75 receiver with 250 Hz filter and sloper antenna at 45 feet high on one end and sloping down to the ground toward the northeast.
Time-GMT Station Frequency Signal Report Location
0000 JH3AIU 28001.25 579 Japan0009 3W1T 28011.56 569 Vietnam
0010 K4RO 28002.83 449 Tn, USA
0011 R0DX 28005.57 579 Asiatic Russia
0011 KY7M 28005.57 449 USA
0015 RM0F 28011.87 579 Asiatic Russia
0025 JN4HTR 28019.34 539 Japan
0034 RA0FF 28023.60 579 Asiatic Russia
0035 JA1CP 28022.74 549 Japan
0036 KH7Y 28024.9 579 Hawaii
0036 UA0DM 28.024.9 579 Asiatic Russia
0038 V85TL 28024.30 559 Brunei
0045 JA7IC 28027.53 589 Japan
0048 BG2AUE 28030.90 579 China
0053 N5PO 28035.00 559 Flutter USA
0055 WH7W 28037.20 549 Hawaii
0059 BV1EK 28045.10 569 China
0101 KL7SB 28009.80 559 Alaska
0108 DS5DNO 28060.00 579 S. Korea
0113 UA0CNX 28082.53 549 QSB Asiatic Russia
Again, this is just a sample of what was heard in a very exciting hour and 17 minutes. Don't ever sell the higher frequencies short.