July 21, 2008

Azores Tropo CU3EQ Terciera Island

I finally managed to make contact with CU3EQ today after many many attempts. Signals were not strong, I could not hear the CU8DUB beacon on tropo at all but had a few pings from it which is usually an indication that conditions are up.

14:25 CU3EQ 144.310MHz HM68KP 429 529 2144km

About an hour later there was no copy at all but the tropo forecast looks OK so hopefully an ssb QSO will follow soon.

UPDATE 22:30

The duct did improve somewhat with EA8 signals reaching way over S9 and CU3EQ 55 on SSB. Aslo in the log is :

20:11 CU2JX 144.300MHz HM77ES 52 55 ssb 2121km for another new one.

along with EA8/DL6FAW and CT1ANO on cw/ssb and EA1QS via a repeater in IN52.

The CU signals never got very strong and had faded by 21:30, CU7BC was apparently QRV but not heard here.

Posted by Tim at July 21, 2008 06:47 PM