June 13, 2006

FAI runs late into the night

So late in fact that I am blogging this after midnight so blogger has put the 13th on it...this is what happened on the 12thJune....

I switched on early and heard EA1VHF strong on tropo, Joe, CT1HZE could hear it too so we tried a sked....

12/06/2006 08:38 CT1HZE IM57NH 429 529 1452

Now even though we could both hear the beacon, it is a difficult mountainous path and I think this was actually an ionoscatter qso, Bob at G0KPW could hear him at the same time, it's an ideal distance and the signal had the characteristic ionoscattered tone.

I thought I heard Sporadic to OZ on Band 2 FM at 10am but it turned out to be Welsh from just over the Bristol Channel...oops. By late afternoon there was no mistake though and 88-108MHz filled up with Russian and Danish stations.

12/06/2006 16:39 OK2BFH JN99FN 59 59 1691
12/06/2006 16:44 HA7NKV KN7BM 59 59 1867
12/06/2006 16:50 HAMK KN8TA 59 59 1957
12/06/2006 16:52 YO5OHY KN17SP 59 59 2106
12/06/2006 16:55 YO5TP KN16SS 59 57 2139
12/06/2006 16:59 HA6ZB KN7BV 59 59 1855
12/06/2006 17:08 OM6NR JN99TC 59 59 1784

I heard US5WU KO20di which would have been nice but didn't get through. Big pile up and many nearby stations calling on 144300 again, impossible to make contacts, what can be done about this??

The main event for here was the extended FAI opening that followed. No exotic distances or locations but great to hear so many new callsigns (as well as familiar ones) calling on FAI.

12/06/2006 17:18 S54T JN75EW 55f 59f 1523 085/
12/06/2006 17:19 OK2VSO JN89XK 53f 55f 1658 085/
12/06/2006 17:22 S57LM JN76HD 55f 55f 1531 085/
12/06/2006 17:24 9A2SB JN95GM 57f 59f 1836 085/
12/06/2006 17:27 S54O JN75NT 55f 57f 1581 085/

Had to go out for 3 hours....but it was still open when I got back:

12/06/2006 20:31 I8MPO JN7FP 55f 58f 1852 090/
12/06/2006 20:45 I4XCC JN63GV 55f 55f 1507 085/330
12/06/2006 20:47 IK5OEA JN53WM 53f 559 1487 090/
12/06/2006 20:57 IKBZY JN61GW 52f 55f 1637 090/
12/06/2006 21:04 I5WBE JN53JR 55f 59f 1402 090/350
12/06/2006 21:05 I4RHP JN76EF 55f 55f 1509 085/335 ssb
12/06/2006 21:05 I4STU JN54IW 57f 55f 1322 085/ ssb
12/06/2006 21:09 IW2BAI JN45SF 57f 55f 1227 085/320 ssb
12/06/2006 21:11 IZ5EME JN52NS 55f 57f 1488 085/345 ssb
12/06/2006 21:12 IC8FAX JN7CN 56f 55f 1842 085/355
12/06/2006 21:19 IZ4BEH JN54WL 55f 55f 1427 090/
12/06/2006 21:35 IKBZY JN61GW 57f 55f 1637 090/
12/06/2006 21:38 IK1EGC JN35 53f 53f 1045 090/
12/06/2006 21:45 IV3DXW JN65QQ 53f 53f 1465 075/
12/06/2006 22:14 SP6GWB JO8HK 42f 52f 1546 075/
12/06/2006 22:18 IWFFK JN61DT 52f 55f 1630 085/

Marco sent me this great recording of our QSO, many thanks! IW0FFK - G4LOH FAI

There were still stations calling at 23:30UTC but quite weak by then.

Copy was very difficult at times when many were calling, the FAI causes such distortion there was just a "general noise lift" when I stopped transmitting, very difficult to decode any letters at all for several minutes at a time. Sorry to those that didn't make it, thanks for trying and thanks for all contacts completed.

13th June Report:

Only 3 qso's

13/06/2006 10:03 EA6SA JM19IR 59/59 1309km new dxcc
13/06/2006 10:10 7X2VX/M JM16 59/51 Location "Algiers, capital city" 1648km 145.500MHz FM
13/06/2006 21:05 I8MPO JN7FP 53f 56f FAI 085/350 Again strong reliable FAI for hours this evening, only station worked was Lucio.

Posted by Tim at June 13, 2006 12:28 AM
Comments

Hi

nice reading your blog here. Good stuff.
I was qrv yesterday too on 144 MHz and worked some EA3.

Did you ever experience some FAI propagation that favours more northern regions like here in JO54 ??

Keep on going ..

73 de Christoph DF9CY

Posted by: Christoph at June 13, 2006 07:03 AM

Thanks for yesterday FAI QSO. Was very hard even if your signal was distorted but stable and quite strong.
I was too close to scattering point (for me 330deg) and I can't elevate the antenna. Note that our QSO it's probably the shortest during FAI night session. My loc is JN35UF. Running 300W into a DJ9BV 16el 4.4wl. See you next time.
Ciao, Dan IK1EGC

Posted by: Dan at June 13, 2006 08:48 AM