It has been an interesting week at G4NOK on 6m. For a station in the North the conditions have been typical in some ways but with some nice surprises. I’d say that it has been a very good early sporadic E season but in addition there has been some very good Trans Equatorial Propagation (TEP) as well. For a station as far north as IO93FR in order to take advantage of the TEP openings we need a Sporadic E link to southern Europe or North Africa. It really is better the further South you go in Europe. Peter G8BCG who is in IO70 hears a lot of choice stuff. He is sending me a recording of tonight’s opening to South America. I heard absolutely nothing of this, such is Sporadic E assisted paths. I will upload it when I get it.
I personally have managed to add 2 new DXCC to my list, which now stands at 181 from G4NOK, thanks to D2EB (Angola) and 4L1UN (Georgia). I have heard some good African DX but if they are rare and many Gs are calling I don’t work them again as I prefer to let others who need the country work them first. Of course if the DX is calling CQ without any answer I will call them again so that they don’t get discouraged. It is a fine balance to do the right thing but at least I try. I don’t always get it right of course but don’t worry someone will let me know.
Seriously – newcomers should get to know the band plan and use it. It is taken pretty serious in Europe by the DX community. The most important thing to do is listen and on no accounts work Europeans on SSB below 50.130.
There have been a few new ones heard weakly but not worked. Of course stations in the south have been working them easily. This is the way it is on 6m. The notable ones are 3B8DB,3B8CF and TJ3SN, 3DA0NJ, ZP5SNA and J68DS. I am particularly frustrated by 3B8 (Mauritius) and 3DA0NJ. These ones always seems to be on the noise floor working southern Europe with 59 signals. It is difficult to work them but I will keep trying, I expect the opportunity will have gone within a few more days until October and November if we get any F2 propagation before the sun goes to sleep for another good few years. This cycle when compared to the last one really is very poor.
I have also heard a number of South African stations but I don’t need ZS6 and they were hearing others much louder so I didn’t add to the QRM.
Last night was interesting. The ZD7VC beacon was loud for about 40 minutes. I recorded it when it was peaking 559; here is a recording.
Later last night there was a spotty opening to the Caribbean with FM, 9Y, KP4 and 8P6 worked. Also heard weakly was FG and J68 which would have been a new country for me. I’ll get him sometime in June I’m sure…
Here is a list of the 6m QSOs since the last report. Some of the locators will probably be wrong as I am experimenting with HRD which does not do a very good job of autofilling locator squares. I am going to look at DX4WIN as it seems very popular with many of the 6m guys.
|18/05/2013||13:39||GB75FOC||IO93||599||599||CW||John RCG pileup!||+-45|
Number of QSO listed: 21
During this time of fairly intense Sporadic E it has been really quite good on 4m too. I have worked quite a bit and the low power does not seem to be much of a disadvantage. I’ll do a report on 4m soon.
PS for those who attended my talk on Sporadic E last week I haven’t forgotten the page that I said I’d do, just no time – too much DX!