May 182013

The Sporadic E season on 6m has got off to a very good start, 4m has also been very good and there has been one very short (5 mins) opening on 2m, not at G4NOK though.

On 6m I have worked D2EB in Angola, numerous PY, LU, CX and a couple of CE stations, Z2 beacon has been heard for a while (no stations active) I also heard ZS6 (didn’t call as I have worked many times before so left to those who need it) and heard 3B8 (too weak to call) and TJ3SN who is infuriating difficult to catch. The usual 4X and 5B4 stations are audible most days. I suspect TJ will be easy in June but 3b8 I will have only a few weeks more, ditto with 3DA0. The ZD8VHF and ZD7VC beacons have been in most nights sometimes quite strong and ZD7VC in person was 57/59 for 10 minutes.

June and July will bring the Caribbean and North America, the old Netherland Antilles have been deleted so there will be new ones for me in that lot I hope; read at this link The sun needs to be above 150 sfu in the Autumn then we will have some real DX. Of course June and July is bound to throw up some surprises. In the Northern part of the UK you need to be very vigilant but I have heard G1EZF in Leeds working some very choice DX with his TS2000 and a vertical antenna. It’s great to hear Mick on the bands, he was something of a mentor to me with 2m meteor scatter in the 80s and early 90s. I am sure that there are many European 2m DX’ers will remember hearing Mick Almark!

Get ready guys because if you ask me this has been a very good early season for Sporadic E.

I have rekindled my love affair with 6m, it really is a fantastic band and the new antenna is the business.


Conrad G0RUZ

May 022013

I rushed to the club from work hoping to catch some of the African stations that were around this afternoon on 6m. The shack had been further improved by Robert and Mick P, they had set up the IC7400 on 6m and 4m and so it took no time for me to figure out that I’d missed the really juicy stuff. I found a huge signal on 50.099 cw TF8GX, I gave him a call and we exchanged 599 both ways. It was only much later on that I realised that the first 5 QSOs that I had were with 5W, truly QRP! We reduce the drive in order to drive the 4m transverter.

It was very enjoyable to work a few stations on Sporadic E after such a long lay off.

Thanks to Mick and Robert for making everything so comfortable – great job. I hope that people enjoyed the little opening that we had, I did listen on 4m for a bit but nothing doing.

Here is a summary of what I worked.

QSOs with the new 6m beam, first 5 QSOs with 5W!

QSOs with the new 6m beam, first 5 QSOs with 5W!

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