May 07, 2007

Atlantic tropo during contest

With EA1VHF temporarily QRT it's hard to tell the conditions but when the contest started on saturday EA1FDI/P was totally endstopping here, when he dropped to 50mW power the meter still said 59+50dB! The duct didn't seem to go any further but then, as I was beaming to SM7 I heard CT3KN/P of the back, swung the beam and he was 59+40dB, excellent!

The band then opened to EA8 a while, I listened for CU8DUB but nil heard from that direction.

The log looks like this:

05/05/2007
14:20 EA1FDI/P IN52LW 59 001 59 005 SSB TR 849km
14:24 EE1URO IN62GE 55 002 55 004 SSB TR 897km
14:27 EA1DKV/P IN53RE 59 003 59 003 SSB TR 810km
15:07 CT3KN/P IM12NP 59 004 59 006 SSB TR 2165km
15:22 EA8BPX IL18SK 55 005 59 007 SSB TR 2589km
15:25 EA8BWY/P IL18UL 55 006 58 008 SSB TR 2579km
15:27 EA8AVI IL28FC 55 55 SSB TR 2597km
15:27 CT3HF IM12OP 539 559 CW TR 2162km
15:27 EB8CDX IL18NI 55 008 55 003 SSB TR 2611km
15:27 EA8TX IL18QI 59 007 59 006 SSB TR 2603km
16:04 EA8BUE/P IL18OH 59 009 59 006 SSB TR 2613km
16:17 EB1DNA IN63FL 59 010 59 SSB TR 757km
16:17 EA1EBJ IN73FL 57 011 59 012 SSB TR 737km
16:26 EA8AVI IL28FC 59 012 59 010 SSB TR 2597km

CT3KN/P was a great signal for many hours and I was delighted to see he worked several more G and GW stations, I was just listening by then as a loose pin on a 7/16" coax socket on my Bird43 led to the evaporation of the pin, surrounding PTFE and the element........

Check all your plugs and sockets ready for the new dx season!

Tim.

Posted by Tim at 07:52 PM | Comments (2)