August 23, 2007

Atlantic Tropo at last

It has been a very poor season for Atlantic tropo (how can I say that after working D44TD ? ), the jetstream stayed south all summer causing heavy rain and flooding in the UK. Even when there was obviously some great ducting from EA8 to EA1 it just didn't reach G. I think there have only been 3 days open to EA8 from here this year.

Today the forecast looked good so I switched on a lunchtime and was pleased to hear CU8DUB on 144420.0 559, I e-mailed Fred and made a QSO after some minutes:

13:28 144300.0 CU8AO HM49kl 31 53 2350km ssb

I tried also with CU3EQ HM68 but nothing heard either way.

The beacon faded slowly down and by mid afternoon there were only enhanced pings. The forecast is good so I am hoping for a stronger opening in the coming days as the high pressure system is expected to persist for a while.

Posted by Tim at August 23, 2007 07:54 PM

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Many compliments for your activity & news.

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Posted by: giampietro - jn66oa at August 24, 2007 11:29 PM