More sporadics

It was a pleasant surprise to get a nice Es opening to the north-east earlier today. The signs were looking good, with Dave, G7RAU’s LiveMUF (it’s latest feature incorporating real-time Band II spots from the fmlist website), showing a patch of Es building over the North Sea through the morning.

I put my newly built in-mic voice keyer into action on 144.300MHz, but shortly after I’d started I heard a signal slightly HF. A quick tune brought in SM5KWU (JO89ip/1762km) at a good 59, resulting in a quick QSO. There were then patchy signals in and out, until SM5KQS (JO88it/1736km) appeared very strong at 11:08z, and stayed in for at least thirty minutes. I also managed a QSO with Kjell SM7GVF (JO77gq/1565km), but his signal was weaker, indicating that path was right on the margin of what was possible. The propagation was very selective and most of the other geometries during the opening passed over each other, indicating a very small “reflection point” that was slowly moving as new paths opened.

Sometime later, after a period of perhaps twenty minutes with no signals, I found Len, SM3BEI (JP81ng/1847km) and had a very quick QSO for my ODX in this opening.

Some audios here (apologies to SM5KWU and SM3BEI, I didn’t have the recorder running during our qsos):

SM5KQS 2m Es QSO
SM5KQS 2m Es QSO, 24/07/13 @ 10:41z

SM7GVF 2m Es QSO
SM7GVF 2m Es QSO, 24/07/13 @ 11:12z

SM5KQS 2m Es CQ
SM5KQS 2m Es CQ, 24/07/13 @ 11:20z

2m Es QSOs, 24/07/13

2m Es QSOs, 24/07/13

4 thoughts on “More sporadics

  1. Sören

    EI3KD was the only dx heard on 2m today. Was only running 15 Watts to 3el@3mAGL. Started my PA after ssb-qso, then 170 Watts out. Nice to hear recording. Thanks qso´s, first EI on 2mb. Uploaded to LoTW, pse cfm. 73 de Sören SM5KQS in JO88IT.

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