Category Archives: Sporadic E

Caught the first 4 m ES today

Have caught the first 4m Sporadic E today since our special permit. Big signals but very spotty … Also made a few tropo contacts … feels good to be back on the band. 😎 —————————————————————— TIME CALLSIGN LOCATOR TX RX … Continue reading

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CQ WWDX SSB ’16

As mentioned in my WAG blog post I was not sure what to do in CQ WW SSB. We usually do 2-3 Single Band entries in the big SSB contests altering year by year who has the first band choice. … Continue reading

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A bit 6 m DX at least

There was a great opening to the Middle East on 6 m this morning. Unfortunately not much activity … —————————————————————— TIME CALLSIGN LOCATOR TX RX BAND MODE PROP. QRB —————————————————————— 07:35 9K2NO LL39XG 599 559 6 m. CW 3813 07:41 … Continue reading

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Great Sporadic-E on 144 MHz again

Lucky me! Mother nature was calling early this morning and before going back to bed I just checked the MUF on DXMAPS on the smartphone. Glad I did! There was already some ES going on 2 m. Quickly switched on … Continue reading

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CQ WPX CW and some Magic Band frustration

Unfortunately I couldn’t make it to the QTH this weekend so only spent some limited time in the CQ WPX CW remotely. Great Sporadic-E conditions all weekend long so kept going on 10 m single band and managed a whopping … Continue reading

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What a great day on VHF today …

Luckily Corpus Christi is a local holiday overhere so I had the day off. 😎 Waking up at 5:30z I was not sure if I should get up or turn around for some more sleep. Seems it was a good decision … Continue reading

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Caught the first 2 m ES opening this year …

Finally caught the first 2 m ES this year! 🙂 6 m had been hot all afternoon. Later also 4 m opened up nicely. It was kind of masochistic listening to all the activity on 70 MHz and not being able … Continue reading

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No 70 MHz permit in Germany this year :-(

The bad news is official now: For some (political) reasons there won’t be a temporary permit to use the 4 m band during this year’s Sporadic-E season in DL. What a shame. 🙁 Let’s hope we will get a few good … Continue reading

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TY – Benin #138 on 6 m

Had the first 6 m ES opening of the season today. The band opened nicely from here into Southern Europe, i.e. 9H & IT9 around 15:30z with S9+ signals. Saw TY2AC spotting southern Europe stations himself on the cluster. He finally … Continue reading

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First 6 m ES this year & a few ARRL-RTTY-RU contacts

Our station was reserved for DL3BQA to operate in the ARRL-RTTY-Roundup last weekend. While he enjoyed some great runs on 15 m Sunday afternoon I had some fun on 6 m as there was a great winter E-skip opening into EI, signals … Continue reading

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The Late Night Show on 4 m

Surprisingly 4 m opened late at night last night! Probably not many expecting such a late time opening that late in the Sporadic-E season thus activity was rather low and not many QSOs done. But good to catch IO94 for … Continue reading

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QSL of the month? QSL of the year! ;-)

Nice surprise opening the post box this morning: EA8 on 2m terrestrial confirmed. 😎   

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Late season Sporadic-E on 2 m

Playing around on 6, 4 & 2 m this weekend but Perseids meteor shower not picking up yet. There was a big ES cloud Sunday morning with MUF up to 144 MHz above Eastern Europe but too far away to … Continue reading

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HBØ – Liechtenstein #137 on 6 m … and 2 m ES again

Got a phone call by Sandro’s (DD3SP) wife Yvonne around 15z passing his best regards and telling me to “move my butt out of the office, hurry home and join the Sporadic E fun on 4 & 2 m”. 😉 Luckily I … Continue reading

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More 4 m and a nice one hour Sporadic-E opening on 2 m

Arriving from QRL seemed to be just in time this evening! Switching on the radio I heard Geoff, EA5/G3XGS, on 4 m and grabbed him easily for a new square. Looking at LiveMUF by Dave, G7RAU, it seemed to be … Continue reading

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Great fun on four, frustration on 6 m today

Six had been wide open all over Europe the whole morning. Except a weak D4C via double-hop ES who provided a new square (had wkd D4 in HK86 before but HK76 was new) there was nothing interesting at all. So … Continue reading

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EA8 – Canary Islands #65 on 2 m – 3.700 km terrestrial!

During the great 4 m opening tonight I saw the MUF rising slowly. Later first QSOs were reported on 2 m between G/GW/EI and the Mediterranean and when I saw ES geometry should be right I switched over to 2 m. … Continue reading

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Fantastic 4 m opening tonight!

Was a bit late out of QRL again today (19 o’clock) but the first thing to do when arriving home during the summer is to switch on the rig and check for ES conditions. 😉 Seems the 4 m band … Continue reading

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OJ0 – Market Reef #64 on 2 m

Not very active after returning from holidays, QRL taking its toll. Besides this 6 and 4 m haven’t been very active, too. There were a few openings but if I was there in the evenings I was either too close … Continue reading

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More 70 MHz Sporadic-E

“Four” opened up again this afternoon and evening. Seemed very patchy most of the time although Malta, 9H, proved to be the ES hotspot again, the guys were in & out for several hours! Just wished activity would be a … Continue reading

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