Category Archives: Sporadic E

CQ WWDX SSB 2020

Initially this was meant to be a rather quiet weekend. I wanted to escape all the QRL stress and also be on site again instead of only remote. My remote station works excellent but has the smaller power amp connected … Continue reading

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Rare 2 m ES to the Northeast

Arrived early afternoon at the station today. Wanted to prepare a few things for the VHF contest this weekend and was monitoring the bands, of course. Thus no surprise I caught another short 2 m ES opening, this time to … Continue reading

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New squares on 4 m

A few single QSOs during the last few days only. A little longer opening to the Balkans today on 70 MHz providing two new squares with JN85 and KN06! ๐Ÿ˜Ž Both are well under 1.000 km so needing a higher … Continue reading

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Sporadic-E on 2 m again

Not very active during the last 2 weeks. Either no condx or me being too busy with QRL stuff. Just caught two smaller 4 m openings last Sunday (June 14) to Finland in the morning and Greece in the afternoon … Continue reading

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A new square on 6 m & some thoughts

Only one QSO today: TA7OM from KN80 providing square #690 on 50 MHz. Despite this I haven’t done much on 6 m this season yet. Seems I somehow lost interest in the band as almost all activity has shifted to … Continue reading

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Finland on 4 m

A short opening to Finland this morning, doesn’t happen too often. KP13 for a new square, now #206. All references for OH8JGG show KP24AE as his locator but he was clearly sending KP23 himself so will probably have to wait … Continue reading

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OY – Farรถer Islands #45 on 70 MHz

Another new country in the log on 4 m and square #205! ๐Ÿ˜Ž Glad to catch him this morning, had heard him a few days ago already but no luck back then. This time skip fitted perfectly so easy going. … Continue reading

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CQ WPX CW ’20

Well, I felt a bit uneasy before this one. There was a small tipps & tricks section in last week’s BCC newsletter about the upcoming WPX-CW contest and being interviewed I said there’s a 70% chance of good Sporadic-E conditions … Continue reading

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Another 2 m Sporadic-E …

Being active in the WPX-CW contest this weekend (report to follow) I monitored 2 m in parallel and caught another ES opening. ๐Ÿ˜Ž —————————————————————— TIME CALLSIGN LOCATOR TX RX BAND MODE PROP. QRB —————————————————————— 15:25 EA6VQ JM19MP -08 -02 2 … Continue reading

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Best VHF-DX day ever!

I’ve been active on the VHF bands for almost 30 years now and certainly experienced one or another great VHF-DX day. But what we experienced today certainly deserves the definition as “Best VHF-DX day ever”! The 6, 4 & 2 … Continue reading

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Another 2 m ES opening

Another short ES opening this morning! Not positioned favourably, signals very much in & out, but some QSOs made at least: —————————————————————— TIME CALLSIGN LOCATOR TX RX BAND MODE PROP. QRB —————————————————————— 08:49 UA4ALU LN29LA -17 -05 2 m. FT8 … Continue reading

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First 2 m ES / 4 m to the UK

Glad to catch my first 2 m Sporadic-E this year! Marginal opening to UA6 from here, FT8 had to deliver. ๐Ÿ˜‰ LN26 was a new square, #587. Almost missed the opening! Was sitting on the balcony sipping my morning coffee … Continue reading

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Great VHF day!

Great day on VHF today! First QSO was with RD4AN in LN19 on 6 m. A new square, of course, as operation on 50 MHz in Russia is officially not yet allowed as far as I know. There were a … Continue reading

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Patchy 70 MHz openings today

A few patchy openings this morning. Great to see the first double hop ES that early in the season! Looking at the differences between sent and received reports I feel I probably need more power! ๐Ÿ˜‰ —————————————————————— TIME CALLSIGN LOCATOR … Continue reading

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Sporadic-E season hast started

Time to dedust the station. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Didn’t do much (not to say nothing) during the last few weeks. But being a VHF addict as you know it’s time to pay more attention to the radio from mid-May for possible Sporadic-E … Continue reading

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ARRL-10M ’19 … or a Meteor Scatter Contest ;-)

One would think it’s total nonsense to struggle through a 48 hours contest for only 250 QSOs. Except, you are a bit crazy and/or a total fan of the 10 m band. Well, I’m probably both! ๐Ÿ˜€ On the other … Continue reading

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CQ WWDX SSB ’19

Uwe, DL3BQA, was going for a serious 80 m entry as DMร˜Y in this one. For me it was only a part time activity. Travelled the 420 km from Hamburg to the station after QRL on Friday and had to … Continue reading

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Perseids Meteor Scatter Report ’19

Moving QTH is basically finished, everything’s setup in the new flat … living room, kitchen, children’s room, a.s.o. all operational, just the shack/office needs a bit more work. ๐Ÿ˜€ Anyway, time to play some radio again in the Perseids meteor … Continue reading

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More new ones on 6 & 4 m :-)

I had left the IC-7300 switched on during the contest to monitor 4 m propagation as an indicator for possible 2 m ES. There was indeed an opening just not here. ๐Ÿ™ When I saw EI9E/P pop up on the … Continue reading

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Massive JA opening on 6 m & WAS on 4 m ;-)

Had a big opening to Japan on 6 m this morning lasting well over 4 hours, wow! Up to 25 different JA calls per RX period in FT8 but rather difficult to do any QSOs at all. Either too big … Continue reading

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