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The Solar cycle peak that never came

According to my observations the cycle 24 propagation peak was Oktober 2011 
It seems to be over now with 24   sorry enough.

We still keep the ES multi hop  peaks in May and June in 2014 I hope .
I consider to get back on VHF/UHF.  Tropo dx has been exceptional good in July.

WSPR   28MHz  occasional  VK6XT  decoded  relative poor even on 10m
6m last week several days with CN8LI decodes  even one day decoded with 0.5W
But ES get weaker and weaker.

 2013-07-29 19:12  PA0O  50.294517  -20  0  JO33hg  0.5  CN8LI  IM63  2453  212  2013-07-29 18:46  CN8LI  50.294412  -9  0  IM63nx  5  PA0O  JO33hg  2395  22  2013-07-29 17:14  CN8LI  50.294413  +9  0  IM63nx  5  PA0O  JO33hg  2395  22 

My house was build with JJ. Cale's music on tape

During the time we did re-build this house in the 1985 - 1990+
We played the JJ. Cale Naturally tape over and over  it did never bored us.
Al songs brilliant.
It sure helped us to keep going.

Propagation a random mechanism ..

Friday 19 there was exceptional good 80M   grey-line propagation
500mW decodes by VK7DIK and  VK6XT
Just out of the blue  1 day super SS   after weeks with  maximum DX around 1000km in EU
Since the 19th all back to normal  absolute null DX  10 6 4 80m

First tonight  1 decode again by VK7DIK and  early morning N2NOM on 80m
2013-07-27 19:06  PA0O  3.594047  -22  0  JO33hg  5  VK7DIK  QE28sf  16731  84 
it was almost a radio blackout last week I even switched off the WSPR mode one day  after being on air almost continuous 2 years  it was the deepest dip in propagation this year  last week.


1.Lenovo W510 audio annoying intermittent contact
My W510 Lenovo Laptop had a problem with the build in left speaker an intermittent  bad contact  by pressing upon the speaker the sound could return but only for a few minutes.
This Lenovo already has a weak sound  system  we have 2 Lenovo laptops both have a weak audio.

The speakers are only  about 2.5x 1.5 cm and…

OY6BEC 432402 MHz

Monday evening  2100 Utc received on 70cm with simple gp
No activity heard 

Last weekend RSGB 4m contest excellent tropo signals.
Almost continious copied 700km+  and sometimes to S6 7
GD0EMG   IO74qd

and other good G signals

Now the ES season is almost ended 
There was a strong VO1  the other night at 6m but missed that one too..

80M top greyline propagation

80m exceptional greyline propagation last night
500mW decode by VK7DIK and VK6XT

 2013-07-18 21:40  PA0O  3.594045  -16  0  JO33hg  5  VK7DIK  QE28sf  16731  84
 2013-07-18 21:42  PA0O  3.594045  -22  0  JO33hg  1  VK7DIK  QE28sf  16731  84
 2013-07-18 21:46  PA0O  3.594045  -24  0  JO33hg  1  VK7DIK  QE28sf  16731  84
 2013-07-18 21:52  PA0O  3.594045  -25  0  JO33hg  0.5  VK7DIK  QE28sf  16731  84

 2013-07-18 21:40  PA0O  3.594037  -17  0  JO33hg  5  VK6XT  OF86td  14304  97
 2013-07-18 21:42  PA0O  3.594037  -22  0  JO33hg  1  VK6XT  OF86td  14304  97
 2013-07-18 21:44  VK6XT 3.594179  -24  0  OF86td  5  PA0O  JO33hg  14304  314
 2013-07-18 21:46  PA0O  3.594037  -21  0  JO33hg  1  VK6XT  OF86td  14304  97
 2013-07-18 21:50  PA0O  3.594037  -22  0  JO33hg  1  VK6XT  OF86td  14304  97
 2013-07-18 21:52  PA0O  3.594037  -24  0  JO33hg  0.5  VK6XT  OF86td  14304  97
 2013-07-18 21:54  PA0O  3.594037  -24  0  JO33hg  0.5  VK6XT  OF86td  14304  97

DX-cluster 80m  did not show any VK …


All Northern Q-range beacons heard well last night 
Well almost all Arctic /B   not  heard VE8SIX FQ  that was heard long time ago  QRT?
only once heard VE4ARM EN09 via AuroralE  long time back

 50045.9  JW5SIX KQ26       529
50047.3   JW7SIX JQ58tb     559
50079    JX7SIX    IQ50RX   579

OH9SIX KP36 SM2 SM3 OH heard with Auroral T

50084 LA7QIA  KQ40   529 559  later to 579   only QSO that night

50106 OX3XR GP  weak
50100 VY0HL FP  hrd weak only about 10 seconds Q5  too weak to work

could I only get an antenna that gives 6-10dB more than the 2ele(7ele) I am using now..
I have not been able to build a bigger antenna that is really outperforming my tiny 3 bander.
 Last year I had the 7 ele LFA up  and was surprised  that the Steppir with 4  6m element showed about the same signal level on earth path beacons like LX0SIX with over 50m cable to the back of th…

Aurora and Super 2m tropo in the VHF Juli contest to North Spain >1200km

Today during fieldday contest several EA2 signals heard some of them
EA2XR  and EA2DR/1  real strong received on the  3ele (7el 3band)  30dB on the Braun SE400
I managed to work EA2XR in IN83KI  using  9Watts only
And EA1FDI IN53TF   around midnight the EA1/2 still had tropo duct even to SM6
EA2DR/1 was also strong but the competition was heavy.
Lot of callers and slow QSO rate  but it was 20? years ago I heard EA in tropo  but never that loud
Have not been active on 2m since 1987
 2 beacons simultaneous ED1YCA  and SK6VHF (backside) at 144445MHz
Some aurora    heard LA4VHF  70.075  52A
Remarkable good  80m spots  during / after Aurora  again as expected

Timestamp           Call   MHz       SNR  Drift Grid    Pwr Reporter RGrid     km     az
 2013-07-06 21:02   PA0O   3.594045   -24   0   JO33hg   5   VK7DIK   QE28sf  16731  …