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Re: Topband: Good Conditions or Just Activity?

Subject: Re: Topband: Good Conditions or Just Activity?
From: W0MU Mike Fatchett <>
Date: Fri, 1 Dec 2017 09:22:56 -0700
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It was the best opening I have heard since getting on FT8.  I have missed plenty of nights though.

Here is a map of what was decoded.  That would be calls I decoded and stations that decoded my call.

It is interesting to see the opening in this manner.  I did not stay up long enough to catch the JA opening.  Those were stations I heard with the array pointed at EU so they must have been decent signals.

I tuned CW and did not hear any of the DX spotted.


On 12/1/2017 3:39 AM, Roger Kennedy wrote:
Well I came on 160 when I got in from a gig last night, around 23.30Z . . .

And ended up working 35 NA stations!  Including across to Texas and several
Midwest states . . . brilliant!

However . . . was it good conditions?  Or just the fact that a lot of
stations were active?

I note that my reports from RBN stations were just the same as usual . . .
yet when calling CQ DX it often results in NO replies!

And the stations I worked last night weren't particularly strong - only one
just peaked S9, whereas the "big signals" historically would be much
stronger than that, when conditions are good.

(I also came on again just before sunrise . . . and as I've noted before, NO
Sunrise Peak!  Didn't hear any Europeans work any DX at this time . . . and
my RBN reports were way down)

Roger G3YRO

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