Here’s the good news about the autumn equinox here in the center of North America: HF conditions are getting better quickly.
With the longer nights and shorter days we are beginning to see fewer thunderstorms with less QRN on bands like 75, 80 and 40 meters. In fact, absorption is far less as well, and that means the 75/80 meter band is open more hours. If you are interested in working all states, that’s your band. You’ll have to start listening early in the morning before sunrise. Here at WA0TDA, which is east of Minnesota’s capitol of St. Paul, it is easy to hear stations across the continent before sunrise.
Don’t forget to try CW. The WA0TDA HF remote is CW-enabled. You can use the RCForb Windows application or the RCForb Android app, which is under $10 in the Play Store.