Sunday, December 29, 2013

Stew Perry 160

Always high expectations for this contest but now we have poor low band propagation era with high SF figures..

190 QSO 



Final contest of 2013 the Stew Perry 160m DX Challenge

propagation poor as expected

best DX    22point
NP2X
FM5CD    in the past hard to QSO but his year easy.  Improved EU RX antenna ?
W6IZT
KV4FZ
 heard only JH4UYB JA3YBK HD2RAE CE1/K7CA

In the morning only a few weak signals  I should have gone back to bed..
Hoping to catch HD2RAE  but his  signal was at best just Q5 and had better path to Scandinavia when I heard him a bit better.
I heard them until 9 am >1 hour after sunrise working W

annoyances  this week:
Web browsers freezing my PC's
They refuse to switch off and resist the taskmanager switching the process off.
On both of my PC's
It seems like a war between MS and other browsers is going on.
When starting Gmail in MS-IE a warning pops up advising you to use a modern browser
like Chrome....
That kind of messages indicate to me that beneath the surface of the browsers some processes are trying to make the other browser look inferior including trying to let the other part hang.


top dx last week, according to WSPR  160m wasn't complete dead
unique decodes >5000km
Timestamp    Call MHz   SNR Drift Grid  pwr Reporter RGrid km   az
 2013-12-22 19:00  PA0O  1.838069  -21  0  JO33hg  1  VK2KRR QF34mr 16351  73
 2013-12-22 07:16  W1CK  1.838159  -25  0  DM13ie  5  PA0O   JO33hg  8987  30
 2013-12-28 06:40  K7FL  1.838011  -33  0  CN85ss 20  PA0O   JO33hg  7991  29  
 2013-12-22 04:00  K9YWO 1.838179  -27  0  EN61fn  1  PA0O   JO33hg  6677  44
 2013-12-22 03:36  K9YWO 1.838179  -24  0  EN61fn  1  PA0O   JO33hg  6677  44
 2013-12-22 03:48  K9YWO 1.838179  -24  0  EN61fn  1  PA0O   JO33hg  6677  44
 2013-12-22 03:10  PA0O  1.838068  -28  0  JO33hg  1  N2NOM  FN22bg  5933  294
 2013-12-22 03:20  VA3MW 1.838148  -16  0  FN04qm  5  PA0O   JO33hg  5929  48
 2013-12-22 02:48  VA3MW 1.838149  -23  0  FN04qm  5  PA0O   JO33hg  5929  48
 2013-12-22 06:44  PA0O  1.838071  -25  0  JO33hg  1  VA3SK  FN06jf  5837  300
 2013-12-22 06:14  VA3SK 1.838115  -25  0  FN06jf  2  PA0O   JO33hg  5837  49
 2013-12-22 06:38  VA3SK 1.838115  -24  0  FN06jf  2  PA0O   JO33hg  5837  49
 2013-12-22 06:26  VA3SK 1.838115  -23  0  FN06jf  2  PA0O   JO33hg  5837  49
WSPR 28MHz  still continuous decoding  ZL2IT  and VK7 1 2 3 4 5 6 in the morning
today 4x ZL2IT decoded to -9dB as best signal that is a good audible tone.



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