Crazy, crazy day

Wow, what a crazy day of Sporadic E on 144MHz today!

Dave Edwards’ LiveMuf software had been showing the MUF building steadily through the morning, with a few good “hot-spots” of activity. At 12:57z the map, with the previous 30 minutes of data, looked like this:

LiveMuf 12/06/13 12:57z

LiveMuf 30 minute data, 12/06/13 12:57z. (c) Dave Edwards, G7RAU

It was obvious that my antenna needed to be more-or-less east, so I kept it there and put a few calls out on 144.300MHz. After a very short while a very nice opening started, resulting in the following QSOs:

12/06/2013 12:58 OK2PM JN99AO 59 59 SSB 1853km
12/06/2013 13:02 OK2PVF JN99GU 59 59 SSB 1879km
12/06/2013 13:07 SP6GZZ JO80FX 59 59 SSB 1704km
12/06/2013 13:08 OK2BRD JN99ET 59 59 SSB 1869km
12/06/2013 13:14 DM3ZF JO61WW 59 59 SSB 1508km
12/06/2013 13:15 SP3MCY JO71IR 59 59 SSB 1568km
12/06/2013 13:16 SP6CVB JO80VE 59 59 SSB 1817km
12/06/2013 13:17 DL5WG JO52XJ 59 59 SSB 1371km
12/06/2013 13:20 SQ7DQX JO91UT 59 59 SSB 1904km
12/06/2013 13:20 SP3YM JO91BS 59 59 SSB 1798km
12/06/2013 13:21 SP7AWG JO91LO 59 59 SSB 1858km
12/06/2013 13:22 DG0RG JO62JV 59 59 SSB 1423km
12/06/2013 13:24 SP2OFW JO82XU 59 59 SSB 1768km
12/06/2013 13:27 DK6AS JO52JJ 59 59 SSB 1293km
12/06/2013 13:27 SP3LD JO91BR 59 59 SSB 1799km
12/06/2013 13:28 DD3SP JO72EN 59 59 SSB 1532km
12/06/2013 13:32 DK3WG JO72GI 59 59 SSB 1546km
12/06/2013 13:34 SQ1FYB JO73MI 59 59 SSB 1569km
12/06/2013 13:49 SM7FMX JO65KN 59 59 SSB 1437km
12/06/2013 13:49 SP1MVG JO74JA 59 59 SSB 1550km
12/06/2013 13:52 SP2HPD JO94JC 59 58 SSB 1810km
12/06/2013 13:55 SP1YSZ JO73GK 59 59 SSB 1535km
12/06/2013 13:59 RA2FGG KO04GT 59 55 SSB 1919km
12/06/2013 14:06 SP1O JO73GK 59 59 SSB 1535km

A small selection of audio clips from this is here:

Very soon after the QSO with SP1O, I noticed that the signals in Band 2 (i.e. 87 to 106MHz) suddenly changed to what looked, on the SDR, like a completely different set of stations. LiveMuf started showing a more southerly patch, including a 2m QSO from CT to PA:

LiveMuf 12/06/13 14:23z, 30 minute data

LiveMuf 12/06/13 14:23z, 30 minute data. (c) Dave Edwards, G7RAU

With the antenna towards the southerly patch I made a couple more QSOs:

12/06/2013 14:24 EA3DBJ JN00IR 59 59 SSB 1419km
12/06/2013 14:24 EA3EVL JN00HR 59 59 SSB 1416km

Audio from the EA3s is here: 

A little later, an FM signal appeared on 144.250MHz from what appeared to be Spanish pirates, who seemed to be talking about Gigalos a lot 😀

The final QSO of the day for me was from Angel, EA5SR, who was a massive signal for about 5 minutes.

12/06/2013 15:14 EA5SR IM98GF 59 59 SSB 1612km

The easterly patch drifted too far away from me but developed nicely for those in range, resulting in a huge number of great QSOs. Special mention goes to Joe, CT1HZE, who managed to utilise both Es patches to make at least one chordal contact to Finland, with Lasse, OH6KTL – a distance of nearly 3500km. Amazing!

My 2m Es map for today:

2m Es QSOs 12/06/13

2m Es QSOs 12/06/13

 

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