In this weekend’s highly successful DX S2S event, as one would expect, most of the traffic took place on 7MHz and 14MHz, and the SSB and CW modes. What was also apparent though, was the significantly increasing usage of 10MHz, and FT8 operating.
These are still a tiny minority compared to the “usual” bands and modes of course - but the interest in them is clearly growing apace. This is understandable with the current propagation conditions.
So I am thinking of a DX / S2S event focused on 30m, FT8 & CW, for the morning of Easter Good Friday, 19th April, 2019. Who would be interested?
I was thinking of an Activation but I won’t be doing FT8 that’s for sure, as its not a mode I am into. But if I go out I will do some 30 meter CW. Only alert at this stage I see is for you Tom, M1EYP on G/SP-015 The Cloud. I’ll have a look on 30 CW which was good for inter VK and ZL contacts last weekend. But I’ll be working other bands too probably 20 LP for Europe LP,. CW and SSB.
Not sure which Summit yet will sort that out closer to the time.
Can try 40 meters but reckon 20 be a better band for VK6. 30 meters might be good for inter VK stuff but not sure about UK and Europe. Will give 30 CW a go but band conditions vary quite a bit between the VK6 and other VK Call areas. Difference in distance is like between Moscow and London from one side of the country to the other and we are pretty much 50 kms from the west coast on most of the local summits.
Haven’t decided where I’m going yet, will wait till the weekend and decide then after a look at the WX forecast. Its a toss up new summit for the year or a drive up or my closest local summit. Its good Friday so may be other stuff happening family wise.
Should be out somewhere, suppose next decision is which antenna to bring.
I will around to chase on 10mhz FT8 & maybe other bands.
I have over the last couple of weeks been chasing a couple of FT8 Activators & failed. It would be a great help if I knew what their TX was. Tom always puts his on his alert which gives a start point to monitor from.
A reminder for this event tomorrow morning UTC. Alerts now in double figures, which is pleasing. The focus is 30m band and FT8 / CW modes, but there will be stations participating on other bands and phone modes too, so hopefully something for everyone.
Good luck everyone, and fingers crossed for good propagation.