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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 

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. THE OPPOSING ELECTRONICS   this 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

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 GM4ZUK/P  IO86RW GM6MD/P  IO75VG   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 V


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 50

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  


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