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Subject: Topband: More topband from AZ
From: (Larry Molitor)
Date: Fri, 28 Dec 2001 16:16:54 +0000
Following up on my negative report from yesterday, I have little better to 
report today.

The volume of direct email I received after yesterdays negative report 
amazed me. Most were "me too" comments. Seems to be quite a few of us who 
are locked out lately.

Conditions last night were somewhat different than the preceding nights. 
The biggest difference was the attitude on the band. I will be generous and 
just call it a feeding frenzy. "Local" conditions were much better in that 
midwest USA stations were 20 dB stronger than normal. Normally I don't have 
a problem with loud stations effecting my RX because there aren't any 
stations loud enough to bother me. Not so last night.

With one exception, I did not even hear a whisper out of any of the EU 
stations on the band last night. The exception was a 15 second period at 
0715Z when I could copy EA3VY. With a real EU signal to listen to, I was 
able to determine that the bearing seemed to be skewed some what south of 
the short path. The GCB to EA is 47° and Jose was best between 60° and 90°.

Going back over my topband logs for the 20 years or so, I find that I have 
had worse Decembers. Also noted was that mid-January has been the best for 
me to EU. Also of note, EA3VY appears in my log more often than any other 
EU call.

Good luck to all!


Larry - W7IUV

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