I’ve found this video of a 2 x QRP QSO between myself EA2IF and JA4FKX that I recorded and put on youtube 7 years ago.
This may encourage to those newcomers to the hobby facing very low propagation conditions.
Also this other video of George @KX0R being received by me in EA2/NV on 15m while he was activating SOTA in Colorado, USA:
Guru, go further back…to 2012. To do so, go to the bottom of the Reflector column and click More Topics. Then, use the magnifying glass symbol to search the Reflector for the words “More ten meters, please”. There are 254 entries to that thread, but you need only the first 30 to get the idea.
I had a 17m QSO via the ionosphere for the 1st time in years last Friday (30-apr-2021). I had one with a local activator that was groundwave (and doesn’t count for this thread) and back in 2018 the band was viable when I was in the Canaries but that is 28N not 56N (further North than Moscow). It was 2015 when I last was able to use 17m on activations and get chased easily and reliably. So I think I was lucky or conditions are improving.
Yes, it’s May and start of the Northern Hemisphere SpE season which is why it has been snowing today I have a new 10m antenna ready to try. I may even give 6m a go if the WX improves enough to get out!
More to the subject of 7-years ago propagation: Went up a downtown summit used by locals for exercise. (Tumamoc Hill, W7A/AW-057) June 13, 2014. This was at midnight, under a full moon, with deer browsing all around. Did not work anyone in North America, but lots of others. England ops reported long-path “echoes” on my dots and dashes. 100W to 6-radial elevated-feed (5 ft.).
Ken, that looks better than the best day this week on 20 meters with a KW and beam !
It is pretty pitiful lately, but I have caught ZL1BYZ a couple times on 17 and 12 meters in the
last week or 2. I’m hoping for some more of the Pacific/Asia as the spring goes along.
I’ve only been chasing SOTAs for a couple years, so don’t know how it’s going to be yet.
Hopefully we will live long enough to catch the next peak~!
I remember hearing my first DX on 6 meters in 1956, JAs coming in! And locals
working them with their Gonset Communicators! I was hooked.
Andrew, congratulations on the S2S Platinum! I still remember our S2S qso within Europe very well. Let’s hope that the conditions make our first VK / DL possible. I’m trying more and more in cw, hi.
thanks! I think s2S contacts are the best of all! You have to plan for extended activations to be able to make the most S2S contacts. I also passed my goal of 1k points for CW activations, and that was a nice achievement too!
Looking forward to making an S2S with you.