ARRL10 2012 or what can you work in a dead band

Last 3 years of the ARRL10M

ARRL10M   2012
        Band    QSOs    Pts  Mul
          28      81     324   39
       Total      81     324   39

ARRL10 2011
        Band    QSOs    Pts  Mul
          28     916    3664  164
       Total     916    3664  164

ARRL10 2010
        Band  Mode  QSOs    Pts  Mul
          28  CW      35     140   19
       Total  Both    35     140   19

btw  CW only

No high expectations for the ARRL10M.  WSPR reports became worse and worse  the week before. 
Ironically, Monday evening WSPR showed K1JT and other State side  decodes again.
QSO number 1  ZL1BYZ   was promising but propagation  poor
No Rusians very quiet band only one VK4WIL very thin workable.
I was mainly S&P for the goodies. 

JA5FBZ long time good signal over LP  the only JA.
Something strange about these LP openings to JA   only few JA's heard but good signals. Short path was closed complete here.
One would expect a lot more signals from JA and Long path to JA  means 24000 km? a real long path. 
This longpath propagation must be appearing more often without being noticed. It seems to happen only during contests.
WSPR does rarely report LP I can only remember VK decodes  in the late evening 10m LP  no JA.     

Sunday some more JA  over LP in a quiet band.
BD7LMD  strong echo  spooky propagation. 

VY2ZM  and VY2TT  the only NA worked/ heard
 Some SA 
CE1/K7CA very weak but worked
 PJ2T  P40CX  ZF1A
Africa ZS1 ZS6 V5 D4C
 the rest was backscatter EU
Saturday the QSO count was only 41 when the band closed already.
Sunday very early band close.
 Final 80 QSO  by S&P    

ZL9HR worked 21035   very weak here but relative easy heard
3 QSO ... the 3rd time finally could hear my callsign clear..
They went QRT today
so have them 40 20 15 CW only
bad luck with propagation  VK0TH last year May caught a better time.  

ZL1TM  3506.5 cqcq 529 good copy tonight  almost
no takers last 2 days decoded by VK7DIK  and  VK2UB several times so propagation was not that bad at 80
I have impression that  there could be some propagation to VK9HR on 80M on some evenings to Europe.
But the times I checked in the evenings at SS/SR peak I never heard or saw them reported. But if so there would be a EU chaos preventing a QSO anyway.

Still monitoring 137.500 WSPR 
G8HUH  is the best DX  I receive
still hoping for a trace from WE6GXR 10W ERP maximum legal power  was not enough to decode

137kHz is a QRO band  10W ERP  is still QRP
Dk7CF was decoded tonight in Canada 4 times already !
what is he running there?

 2012-12-08 22:48  DK7FC  0.137470  -25  0  JN49ik  1  VE3IQB  FN15nt  6068  301 

WSPR  is a DX competition of course...
it looks that DK4XI changed his locator to get on top of the list
haha  good humor  80m was relative good Saturday night
 2012-12-08 19:16  DK4XI  3.594118  -19  0  JN39jd  5  VK7DIK  QE28sf  16739  91 
 2012-12-08 19:02  PA0O  3.594089  -24  0  JO33hg  5  VK7DIK  QE28sf  16731  84 
 2012-12-08 19:22  PA0O  3.594089  -24  0  JO33hg  5  VK7DIK  QE28sf  16731  84 
 2012-12-08 15:32  DK4XI  3.594117  -24  0  JN39qe  5  VK7DIK  QE28sf  16696  92 
 2012-12-08 15:40  DK4XI  3.594117  -23  0  JN39qe  5  VK7DIK  QE28sf  16696  92 

 2012-12-08 19:10  PA0O  3.594087  -16  0  JO33hg  5  VK2UB  QF59vk  16248  62 



Pierre said…
I thought there was something familiar about your call.

The “penny only dropped” after our brief contest 10m CW QSO this afternoon.

I think you are the 1st fellow blogger I have worked on HF.

Conditions were not good, but had fun all the same.

73, Pierre ZS6A