Category Archives: Tropo

IARU VHF CW aka Marconi Memorial Contest ’20

It’s been a few years since I last participated seriously in the Marconi Memorial Contest on 2 m. I tried to be QRV for some hours and hand out some points at least during the last few years. It’s always … Continue reading

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Slightly enhanced tropo conditions

Arrived at the station here in JO73 this afternoon to prepare for the contest this weekend. Tropo condx are slightly enhanced again and predictions look good for the weekend, there might be a few surprises (hopefully). 😉 Worked these DX … Continue reading

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Tropo summary

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Tropo seems to be over

Tropo seems to be over. A few QSOs in the morning then no DX signals anymore. Enjoyable five days of VHF DX although mostly FT8 only. But at least contacts could be made. In earlier years it would have been … Continue reading

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Tropo shifting

The high pressure system is moving to the North-East. So just one QSO to Scotland still in the morning and nothing during the day but I also had to concentrate on QRL again. 😉 In the evening it was Scandinavia … Continue reading

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Tropo still

Still pretty stable signals from Northern U.K. today. GI4SNA was pounding in all day long, amazing. Early evening EI2GLB popped up but was in & out only on FT8 but I finally caught him and thus crossing the 1.400 km … Continue reading

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Tropo continues

Tropo condx continued today. There were some long distance contacts reported to the East in the morning, too, but only UR4WWT heard and worked over here which is pretty much normal tropo range (worked him several times on CW in … Continue reading

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Tropo

Finally with a stable high pressure system across the North Sea and nice autumn weather (one month later we would call it a Golden October, hi) we got a little tropo, too. Not well suited here in JO73, it’s much … Continue reading

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Another January Tropo

Again some tropo, this time also fitting for JO73. 🙂 Forecast showed some possible condx for yesterday already but nothing over here while the colleagues in JO64 could already work some DX. Today sigs came up over here, too. Signals … Continue reading

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VHF condx around the turn of the year

There were some great tropo openings between 28th December and 5th January, just not here. 🙁 😉 Besides the usual path between EA and G it also opened between EA and PA/ON + West-DL, then extended up to OZ/SM6 and … Continue reading

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July VHF Contest ’19

Another July contest in the books. Condx were rather average most of the time. The night hours brought some nice DX so the average per QSO was 420 km which is unusually high. Around 400 km/QSO is quite normal for … Continue reading

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A small but unstable tropo opening

Was occasionally checking the F5LEN Tropo Forecast and saw there might be some lift yesterday but was stuck with other duties so couldn’t make it to the station. Indeed there were tropo contacts well above 1.500 km from eastern Poland … Continue reading

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Some normal VHF DX this weekend

Well, still no Sporadic-E on 4 & 2 m overhere. 🙁 Peter was quite active on 6 m but even there only very patchy openings. Luckily there were a few smaller VHF contests this weekend that allowed to work some … Continue reading

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Weekend (VHF) activities … some tropo again

As the YL was working weekend shifts in QRL I had some more spare time than usual this weekend. 😉 Decided to spend the time in the shack and finally start working on a new project idea I’ve been thinking … Continue reading

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Tropo vanished …

Still a bit of tropo when arriving at the station this afternoon (seems it was better this morning), but all very unstable, signals readible only a few times then vanishing again. —————————————————————— TIME CALLSIGN LOCATOR TX RX BAND MODE PROP. … Continue reading

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Totally unexpected tropo!

Two blog posts on the same day always mean something special! 😉 Well, after all the hard antenna work today I spent the evening at the contest station, working a few DX stations on HF here and there, working my … Continue reading

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Golden October

Germany has been experiencing a great indian summer during the last few days. Nice high pressure zone, clear blue sky, warm temperatures … we usually call it a “Golden October”. As a VHF guy this kinda “smells” like Tropo is … Continue reading

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DARC July VHF Contest ’18

Well, I’m not sure what to think of this one. Equipment played very well. I didn’t sleep more than 2 hours so plenty of BIC time (“butt in chair”), too. Conditions were quite okay also but still only a bit … Continue reading

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Small tropo opening into the U.K. tonight

Tonight was the usual first Tuesday every month 2 m NAC (Nordic Activity Contest) which is accompanied by the UKAC (UK Activity Contest) as well as the IAC (Italian Activity Contest) as well as the SPAC (SP = Polish Activity … Continue reading

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Sporadic-E & Tropo on one day! :-)

Wow … that’s been a great evening on VHF again! 6, 4 & 2 m were hot all day long but unfortunately I had to spend the day in QRL. There were some massive 2 m ES openings but I … Continue reading

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