August 07, 2005

More Atlantic super-tropo 3493km on 2m......

Switched on about 0900 Z and heard Peter EA8AVI IL28fc calling CQ but the pa was off and he was gone by the time it warmed up, someone in chat mentioned that RW1ZC/MM was qrv somewhere off the African coast and had been spotted earlier, I hadn't seen the spot. The duct didn't seem that strong but grew over the next hour:

0927 EA1FDI/P IN52LW was 59+20dB (He had spotted 5T5SN's beacon earlier but I couldn't hear it)
0930 EB8BTV 55002 59038 IL18qi
0935 EA8BPX 55 55 IL18sk
0955 EA8IF 25W to a vertical !!! thus giving a clue as to how strong the duct really was....

Then, bingo!

1000 144300.0 MHz, RW1ZC/MM 429 529 IO70jc-IL10gf 3493km Wow!

Of course, in all the excitement the recorder was not on but I did then switch it on to catch him calling CQ:

RW1ZC/MM CQ from IL10gf

There then followed a certain amount of panic and attempts to contact D44TD, unfortunately he was not at home so it was not possible to try an even longer path.

I think the peak time for the opening was just before local midday when SSB was easy:

1048 144300.0 MHz, RW1ZC/MM 55 57 IO70jc-IL10gf 3493km SSB, very strong now :-)

1149 EB8AYA 55004 53036 IL18ri 100W/2x17ele

1315'ish I heard RW1ZC/MM again and we started another CW qso but it was not complete. He had by this time sailed south into IK19gx which would have been another rare grid and over 3500km.

Signals to EA8 stayed in until about 1500Z with Fernando EB8BTV being the last station heard.

Posted by Tim at August 7, 2005 07:55 PM