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Re: Topband: Propagation last evening

To: "Sam Morgan" <>, <>
Subject: Re: Topband: Propagation last evening
From: "Milt -- N5IA" <>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2012 15:45:21 -0700
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Hey Sam,

It was the poorest first night that I can remember going back 20 years to 
the first part of the '90's.

For a LOOOONG timethe only station we heard and worked out here in southwest 
NM was one TX superstation.  And that is with HP and lots of radiating 
metal.  This is the NI5T multi-op.

It too us nearly 5 hours to get to 100 Q's.  Only 330 or so for the entire 
night when normally the count in around 600 for the first night.

Best DX was Al, K7CA in Chile and RC0F on Sakalin (sp) peninsula in eastern 

I like others am looking for the band to flip-flop tonight and give us a 
reasonably good shot.

73, and get on for a while after the 10 PM news.

Milt, N5IA, one of the ops at NI5T

-----Original Message----- 
From: Sam Morgan
Sent: Saturday, February 25, 2012 1:03 PM
Subject: Re: Topband: Propagation last evening

I started about dark_30 here in West Texas
all I could hear was 4 other TX stations calling CQ
First I tried them with 5w, I wanted to work the contest QRP
no responses so I went up to 100w,
still nothing

so I watched some TV until about 10pm
lots of (stateside) stations all over the band by now
again no responses to my attempts to answer their CQ's, again with 100w.

all the stations I heard were in states I had worked b4
when running QRP in the previous CW contests

conclusion reached
I will not be wasting my time in any 160m SSB contests
either you can't be heard unless you run a kw
or ssb ops aren't listening for anything down in the weeds
that isn't received on a beverage pointed away from the US
or doesn't have an exotic call sign

tisk tisk, their loss, but not to worry
its the 1st weekend of the NASCAR season
c all you cw ops again for the mid year Stew Perry
GB & 73
Sam Morgan

On 2/25/2012 1:07 PM, chacuff wrote:
> Anyone care to comment on last evenings propagation for the CQ SSB 
> contest?
>> From the deep south there just was no DX going on.  Spots were very slim 
>> as
> well...
> I'd be curious what others experienced...
> Cecil
> K5DL
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