It was a JA skewpath.
I work them from the S-SE on 20 after 2200z every contest on 20
after the NW path dies.
It is very common at the bottom of every sunspot cycle.
Both myself and NN1N have repeatedly mentioned this path
in our CQWW writeups and working BY, BV, 9M2, 9M6, YB etc.
on 20 with signals peaking from 165 deg - 135 deg. depending on the
time, country and solar flux number.
Near the top of the sunspot cycle this S-SE path is quite common
on 15 and 10 as well.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Al - N1API" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "CT Contest Program Discussion List" <email@example.com>
Sent: Saturday, December 26, 2009 11:11 AM
Subject: [ct-user] Curious signal - CQWW CW Contest
> During the CQWW CW Contest I heard a curious signal that I was not able
> to identity as I could not get the whole call.
> It was not that I didn't recognize what country it may have been but
> where it was from or the path it was taking.
> I just finished working a number of JAs on 20 meter CW. The band was
> fading and I figured that I would turn the
> antenna south to see what I could find there. As I was working up the
> band I came across a signal and tried to work
> on getting the call. The only thing that I could make out of it was
> that it was a JA prefix. Since I had the beam south
> I was very confused and thought that it may have been a strong JA on the
> back of the beam. Since I have a Step-IR
> I punched the the 180 degree button and the signal dropped to zero. The
> signal was coming from the south. I don't
> remember how much of the call I got, but know that it was to weak to
> pick the whole call up but I did keep hearing
> Anyone know if I was hearing, (for the first time in my 30 year amateur
> career), a JA over the SOUTH pole, or maybe
> something else?
> Thanks, hope you all had a great Christmas. Maybe Santa will bring some
> good 10, 12 and 15 meter band openings
> for us this year. (And 6 too!)
> -73- Al
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