There appeared to be a lot of skewed path/front-backscatter/voodoo
propagation modes present during the contest. My best one was on 10M. I
was beaming VK/ZL/KH (90 deg off of JA) and started picking up JA's.
Turned the beam toward JA and nada......back to VK/ZL/KH and JA's came
back. I'm guessing we were working off of some form of scatter mode.
Turning the beam towards EU (180 from VK/ZL/KH, 90 east from JA) resulted
in zip (nothing to scatter upon?).
Ain't propagation cool?
> From: Pete Smith <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> To: email@example.com
> Subject: [CQ-Contest] Propagation Query
> On Saturday during the ARRL CW, I worked a brief spate of 50-watt JAs on
> meters around 1500Z. I was running at the time so don't know if there
> other Asians being heard here as well, and my antenna lacks enough F/B
> ratio for me to be able to say concretely what the path was (I was
> 45 degrees at the time). Normally, I would have been on 10 or 15 at that
> time of day, so maybe I've just never run into something that everyone
> knows about. Is this a known opening during decent sunspot levels?
> Pete N4ZR
> In Wild Wonderful, fairly rare WEST Virginia
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