April 29, 2005

First ionoscatter QSO's for 2005

Two stations in the log today via ionoscatter, with the big Es yesterday and continued low solar activity it seemed likely to be a good day to try even though it is only April.

11:12 I5WBE 519 539 JN53jr
11:48 OK1DFC 319 559 JN79gw

Signal came right up to 539 from OK1DFC but I was already sending him a feeble report that didn't really do the signal justice.

Thanks Enrico and Zdenek.

I am always interested to try this mode, I use 1 minute CW periods and always transmit on the "ODD" minute e.g. 11:11.00-59 or 11:47.00-59 etc. I send normal RST reports, prefaced by a "r" (like "r539") if I copied your call and report OK. Unlike FSK procedure I ALWAYS need (or send) a final rrr!

Hope to work many more qso's this way in 2005.

Posted by Tim at 07:50 PM | Comments (0)

April 28, 2005

The one that got away....

Great start to the 2005 Es season on 2m, a whole bunch of Italian stations with many of the usual suspects. Lucio I8MPO was huge signal for over and hour as was IK7UXY. It all started just before 1400 and finished here at 15:10. Those that made it into the log are:

28/04/2005
13:59 IZ8EDJ JN7LO 59 59 1887
14:03 I8MPO JN7FP 59 59 1852
14:03 IK8BIZ JN7 59 59 1898+-
14:03 IK8ETN/P JM89CH 59 59 2066km FM
14:03 IW8PGV 59 59 FM
14:13 IK8YOQ JN7GR 59 59 1851
14:18 IK5YJY JN53PG 59 59
14:18 IC8FAX JN7CN 59 59 1842
14:19 I7CSB JN71QQ 59 59 1838
14:19 IWGEY JN61FX 59 59 1629
14:20 IK7XLW JN8 59 59 2028+-
14:26 IZ7ERA JN8ET 59 59 1964
14:31 IK7UXY JN9DC 59 59 2139
14:32 IZ7EQV 59 59 1672+-
14:42 IK7XLW JN8FT 59 59 1969
14:42 IK7XJW JN9CK 59 59 2111
14:48 SV8CS KM7 55 NOT COMPLETE !!!!!!!!

Yep, see that last one, typical Es, it manages to leave you frustrated and wanting more. I could hear Spiros calling on 144300.0 but the QRM was massive, I got KM0 but no report. Spiros popped up on the chat, he had heard me very well and we tried again on 144325.0 but by then it was too late, pity, QRB was 2466km!!

Not a bad start to the season really.


Posted by Tim at 05:39 PM | Comments (1)