August 02, 2007

D4 one way... 429 over 4050km

D44TD G4LOH Path.jpg

I tried a CW tropo sked with D44TD expedition on 144250.0 MHz this afternoon.

I heard nothing but apparently they were sending me 429 reports having heard me "for a short while". A few minutes earlier in the sked Joe CT1HZE reported hearing me backscatter via 20 second Meteor burst.

The tropo over the Bay of Biscay still seems closed.

I think they may heard the meteor with tropo extension since the tropo duct to CT from D4 was open at the time.

I have long since felt that tropo plus ms combined is a very useful combination for long DX contacts.

Hoping for some improved tropo in the next few days and to crack the 4000km tropo barrier from here with a full QSO.

Posted by Tim at August 2, 2007 05:00 PM