August 04, 2007

D4 tests continued

Just as the tropo finally opens to UK from Spain....it closed from D4 to CT.

D44TD reports that even CT1HZE only 31 now in Cape Verde. So I guess the chance is now gone. The low latitude jetstream that has caused so much disruptive flooding in the UK stopped the tropo duct reaching south west England.

Modest compensation was provided by:

13:15 C33IU JN02TO 59/59 for a new DXCC

Well not so fast...conditions continued to improve with many stations in South France and EA1 EA2 EA3.

Then at 18:17 EA8AVI was 55.

I called D44TD and we tried again:

[18:24:06] Tim says: Can you listen for my morse dashes beacon??
[18:24:50] Frank @ D44TD says: qrg?
[18:25:14] Frank @ D44TD says: "&%
[18:25:16] Tim says: 144185.00
[18:25:31] Tim says: 200-400 packed with contest stations!
[18:25:51] Frank @ D44TD says: RRR!(%CW
[18:25:58] Frank @ D44TD says: 185
[18:26:15] Frank @ D44TD says: cw will rx..have some mailwork so no problem
[18:26:32] Tim says: will start next odd min (second per) at 18:27.00-59
[18:26:55] Tim says: one minute TX, one minute resone minute TX etc etct
[18:27:09] Tim says: running
[18:29:23] Tim says: running again now - - - - - - - - :)
[18:29:51] Frank @ D44TD says: ok
[18:31:18] Frank @ D44TD says: da da da
[18:31:22] Frank @ D44TD says: da da da
[18:31:25] Tim says: yes!!!
[18:31:29] Tim says: ms?
[18:31:31] Frank @ D44TD says: are you tx?
[18:31:34] Tim says: yes
[18:31:39] Tim says: i send da da da
[18:31:44] Frank @ D44TD says: ok..go...hear it
[18:31:54] Tim says: tropo?
[18:31:59] Frank @ D44TD says: yes
[18:32:05] Tim says: rest one minute now..
[18:32:13] Frank @ D44TD says: ok..
[18:32:21] Frank @ D44TD says: me first 00 02 04
[18:32:22] Tim says: you warm your amp??
[18:32:26] Tim says: OK
[18:32:27] Frank @ D44TD says: is warm
[18:32:29] Tim says: :)
[18:33:20] Frank @ D44TD says: you now
[18:33:23] Tim says: r
[18:39:15] Frank @ D44TD says: $!) A BIT LIKE AURORAL

It took until 18:53 before I had enough of callsigns and then a nice 45 seconds when I copied 419. Started sending r319.

Then at 19:10 copied "RR" via a meteor enhancement.

[19:10:29] Tim says: HEARD RR on MS!!!
[19:10:32] Frank @ D44TD says: you went DOWN !== IN TX
[19:10:37] Frank @ D44TD says: YEP
[19:10:42] Tim says: wow
[19:10:52] Tim says: that's it then!!
[19:10:56] Frank @ D44TD says: you went down a bit?
[19:11:08] Frank @ D44TD says: NO REAL TROPO:::A BIT MIX
[19:11:29] Frank @ D44TD says: best 429 10 sec..rest 419 noisefloor
[19:12:07] Tim says: was sending final rrr but not needed
[19:12:19] Frank @ D44TD says: yep
[19:12:25] Frank @ D44TD says: sending 73
[19:12:37] Tim says: I am going to make DX spot on cluster
[19:12:57] Tim says: :) ready for your pile up?
[19:13:06] Tim says: wow " 73" hrd
[19:13:29] Frank @ D44TD says: many tnx
[19:13:41] Tim says: HK86no
[19:13:57] Tim says: ?
[19:14:53] Tim says: - - - - - - - - - - - - - again for you
[19:14:54] Frank @ D44TD says: yep

So In the log:

4-8-2007 19:12 D44TD 144.185MHz r319 419 HK86NO 4049km

:-)

Posted by Tim at August 4, 2007 03:17 PM
Comments

Hi Tim!
Congrats!!!
To both stations! absolutly fascinating and exciting. This time the duct was with you!

73! de Michael DF5GZ

Posted by: Michael at August 4, 2007 09:45 PM

Congratulations on your fantastic record, well done!
I am curious when you will get the Brendan Trophy, Tim ;-).

vy 73 es 55 de Stefan, DL1ELY

Posted by: Stefan, DL1ELY at August 5, 2007 10:15 PM

hi tim

congrats tim for cracking up the boudaries of tropo.
Saw your message on on4kst on saterday but I was in france with the france summercontest call f/pa1tk/p

73 gerard

Posted by: gerard at August 9, 2007 01:34 PM