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COMMON OPERATING AND CALLING FREQUENCIES

  • 160 meter band: 1840 kHz
  • 80 meter band: 3574-3584 kHz (Region 1), 3559 kHz (Region 3)
  • 40 meter band: 7040-7050 kHz , 7077-7084 kHz. Note: 7000-7040 is exclusively allocated to CW since 2009!
  • 30 meter band: 10135 - 10145 kHz; 10144 (Region 1)
  • 20 meter band: 14070 - 14080 kHz; calling frequency 14073 kHz. Note: the old calling frequency 14063 is now in the 14000 to 14070 kHz band segment allocated to CW.
  • 17 meter band: 18101 - 18107 kHz; calling frequency 18104 kHz
  • 15 meter band: 21063 - 21070 kHz; calling frequency 21074 kHz
  • 12 meter band: calling frequency 24924 kHz
  • 10 meter band: 28063 - 28070 and 28100 - 28110 kHz; calling frequency 28074 kHz
  • 15 meter band: 50286 kHz

Check the (voluntary) bandplan for the region and country that you are operating in!

INTERNET "SPOT" PAGES FOR HELLSCHREIBER TRAFFIC

Here are links to "spot" pages with real-time reporting of Hell activity:


You may also want to check the "Sked Request" page of the Feld Hell Club. The message board of the Feld Hell Club Yahoo Group is also regularly used/abused for skeds.

External links last checked: March 2016

HELLSCHREIBER NETS

For over 30 years (!) the European Hellschreiber Net has been taking place every Sunday. Over the decades, the net-frequency has switched back and forth between 80 and 40 mtrs several times, with the sun-spot cycle. In recent years, it has been on 80 mtrs:

  • Frequency: around 3582 kHz USB
  • Mode: Feld-Hell (of course!)
  • Starting time: depending on seasonal sunset times and associated propagation conditions:
  • Currently (starting 26-March-2017): 17:00 local time in Western Europe (CEST = UTC + 2 hrs)
  • Stations are primarily from The Netherlands, at least one with an original Feldfernschreiber machine (Arthur, PAØAOB); everyone is welcome!
  • The net may be skipped some weekends in July/August, due to vacation of the primary operators (PAØAOB, PAØKDF, PA3FFZ, ON8BCD)

If you are beyond range on 80 meters, you can still listen live and print along, via a web-SDR in The Netherlands. This is what I do myself (I typically use this one), and when I'm SWL-ing, you can follow the QSO on my Hell-WebCam.

On 6 December 2009, I finally (!) managed to participate in the Net, from my QTH in the south of France. My brief QSO with Bastiaan, PA3FFZ was my "first" Hell QSO on 80 mtrs and covered a respectable distance of 1084 km (675 miles). I used 80 watt and a temporary 2x13m inverted-L.

Hell net

DX-signals from Bastiaan, PA3FFZ printed by me (left) and my signals printed by Koos, PAØKDF (right)


The Feld Hell Club also has been running some weekly nets, though I am not sure whether they are still active:

  • 160 m: Mondays (2nd & 3rd week of the month), 03:00 UTC, 1806 kHz; net lead: Lou, W8LEW
  • 80 m: Saturdays, 04:00 UTC, 3576 kHz; net lead: Hugh, AC7XF
  • 40 m: Tuesdays, 00:00 UTC, 7043 kHz; net lead: Hugh, AC7XF
  • 20 m: Sundays, 12:00 UTC, 14063 kHz; net lead: David, G0DJA
  • 10 m: Mondays, 18:00 UTC, 28074 kHz; net lead: Larry, N3LFC; this net is not regular, due to the sunspot cycle.

 For the latest status of these nets, check the "Nets" page of the Feld Hell Club.


HELLSCHREIBER CLUBS / GET-TOGETHERS

  • Since 1977 (!) a group of Hell-enthusiasts gets together, primarily from The Netherlands and surrounding countries. This is referred to as the  Annual Hell Meeting. I have been attending since 2008.
  • The "Feld Hell Club" (FHC) was founded in 2006. I am member number 24. Membership (free, by the way) grew to nearly 5500 in the following ten years! The FHC offers Awards (Hell-DXCC, "Worked All...", etc.), and organizes regular contests (see below). The FHC is also present on Facebook and Twitter.
Hell net

There is also a "Feld Hell Club" Yahoo Group, and a "Hellschreiber for Meteor Scatter" Yahoo Group.


FELD-HELL CONTESTS

The world's first Hell contest took place in 1980 and was organized by the Deutsche Amateur Funkschreiber Gruppe (DAFG). Since 1981, this activity is organized by the German Amateur Radio Club (DARC, Deutsche Amateur-Radio-Club e.V.). The official contest rules are here (in German).

  • HF: Saturday and Sunday of the first full weekend in October
  • Saturday: 80 mtrs, 16:00-18:00 UTC
  • Sunday: 40 mtrs, 09:00-11:00 UTC
  • The 1981 contest results are here.

The Feld-Hell Club organizes a contests each month! Their contest calendar is listed here.

On December 30/31, 2006, I participated for the first time ever in a contest - Hellschreiber, of course! I did OK: came in 12th out of 79 participants. Worked 68 stations in 26 countries on 3 continents.

Hell contest

On September 20, 2008, I participated for one hour in a two-hour "Sprint" contest of the Feld-Hell Club. My QSOs with N8BA and WB2HTO, and prevailing poor propagation conditions, made me the winner in the DX category:

Hell contest

"Hell" contests are fun, no stress like contests of all other modes, and are short (no more than a couple of hours). Go for it!


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