July 25, 2004

Aurora...eventually. Then EA8 tropo again...

Well I knew that the chances of working via Aurora were small when I moved here but today the difference between here and IO94 was demonstrated dramatically. The aurora started in the morning for those up country, but here the first signal was G3UTS at 14:15. As it moved south it suddenly came into view from here at QTF 070 and a few stations were worked:

1509 S57O 59a 59a JN86dt 1626km
1517 PA0JMV 59a 59a JO21pm Tnx new DXCC!
1523 OK2KZR 59a 59a JN89bo
1532 F4AZF 57a 57a JN38iw
1545 GM4PPT/M 52a 59a Tnx new DXCC!
1550 OK1PFR 52a 55a JO80ce
1552 DL3DXX 55a 57a JO61vc
1553 OK1DFC 59a 59a JN89gw
1555 DD0VF 59a 59a JO61wb
1618 F5VHX 59a 59a JN04fl
1620 DJ9EQ 55a 55a JO30oi
1621 F6DRO 55a 57a JN03tj
1626 OM3RM 59a 59a JN87wv

Still I knew it would be bad so all the above was a bonus....what I came here for (radio-wise) was good tropo so I turned the beam to the South West and Hey-Presto!. Heard then worked on 144300 at 1747UTC up popped EA8/DL4DWA/P il18rj and then EA8YT a few minutes later, 2700km Sea Tropo open again... nice!

Posted by Tim at July 25, 2004 07:03 PM
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