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Good yes good! no typo.. propagation..

Yesterday  160m had a good greyline opening   also 6m  was open in the evening.
Band hopping  6m 160 and 80 is working good with the extra switch those 3 bands are interesting for WSPR  maybe 10m  would be good to have as 4th band. The other bands are crowded enough already.

6m   7 decodes
2011-07-30 17:36  CN8LI  50.294416  -5  -1  IM63nx  5  PA0O  JO33hg  2395 

160m 1 decode  very late i switched to 160 late
It has been some time ago that VK6 was reported in Europe GW G PA, F
 2011-07-30 22:34  PA0O  1.838061  -23  0  JO33hg  5  VK6DZ  OF84ux  14400 
many decodes of T61AA
1 decode by A45SWL   

2011-07-30 20:28  PA0O  3.594088  -17  0  JO33hg  5  VK7DIK  QE28sf  16731 
 3 decodes not bad
2011-07-30 22:44  PA0O  3.594084  -12  0  JO33hg  5  VK6BN  OF88ac  14046 
-12   5 decodes  

flux is 113   JA  was worked in JO71 @50MHz today.
I was cycling not that anything could be heard in JO33hg ..
WSPR was on 50.293 running all day zero signals.
JA can not use 50.293MHz  the IARU is positive to move  the beacon and digi frequency's higher in the band.
Low power WSPR 50MHz JA -EU  will not be an easy thing but using 50.293 reduces the chance to almost zero now.


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