[CQ-Contest] What to expect from 10 meters???

Jose Valdes jvaldesr at cantv.net
Thu Dec 8 10:08:36 EST 2005


All the comments are absolutely right.

A good frequency to monitor for openings on 10 meters is 28.200, there we
have 18 beacons distributed around the word in all continents and in both
hemispheres,  most of them are currently active,  and since, and I quote
their site, "a transmission consists of the callsign of the beacon sent at
22 words per minute followed by four one-second dashes. The callsign and the
first dash are sent at 100 watts. The remaining dashes are sent at 10 watts,
1 watt and 100 milliwatts" they can give a good idea how good is the
propagation to and from your QTH to the area of the word were the beacons
you can heard are located, more info and details at:


These beacons are also useful in other bands since we have them on 10 ,12
,15 ,17 and 20 meters, the last few days I have been listening on 28.200
white doing some works around the shack and answering mails and I have been
able to copy YV5B this one of course doesn't count for me since I can
physically see its location, 4U1UN, VK6REP, ZS6DN, 5Z4TU, OH2B and CS3B, not
all with good signals but all readable.

73/DX Jose M. Valdes R. (Joe) YV5LIX
eQSL.cc Advisory Board Member
QSL manager EA7FTR
VHF Packed: 145.430 using C YV5LIX

----- Original Message -----
From: "Magnus A" <sm6wet at telia.com>
To: "Bill Turner" <dezrat1242 at ispwest.com>; <cq-contest at contesting.com>
Sent: Thursday, December 08, 2005 9:50 AM
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] What to expect from 10 meters???

> Bill!
> Think what you experianced was Aurora E with multihop something...
> It is quite common ove here in Scandinavia that we get Aurora, if it is a
> strong Aurora workable all the way down on 10m we can work pretty much all
> of Scandinavia, Murmansk, Scotland etc but when the aurora fades out we 
> can
> get lucky to get what is called Aurora-E.
> I am not sure exactly how it works but it seems the waves bounce on the
> Aurora as a reflector and gets a very low angle over the north pole and 
> with
> a little help from a E or a F-layer on the other side we get to work 
> Alaska,
> Washington, californa and around that neighbourhood.
> What is interesting with 10m is that 12 and 15 can be completely dead but
> 10m is open, now how is that? Same with 6m.
> I think a good beacon to know if there is propagition on 10m is to listen 
> on
> 11m. 27.555 USB - there is almost always activity and by the prefixes you
> will know where the call is from.
> 73 de Magnus SM6WET, 8S6T, ZK1WET
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Bill Turner" <dezrat1242 at ispwest.com>
> To: <cq-contest at contesting.com>
> Sent: Wednesday, December 07, 2005 11:50 PM
> Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] What to expect from 10 meters???
>> At 12:27 PM 12/7/2005, Wendell Wyly - W5FL wrote:
>>>Year before last, there was a very long and very strong opening late at
>>>night (long after the band had closed) that allowed me to work hundreds 
>>>stations during the 10 meter contest.
>> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
>> I'm sure all us OTs have similar stories to tell about ten meters. My
>> most memorable contact was from my QTH on the USA west coast to
>> Finland with the path in total darkness all the way. Logically, ten
>> shouldn't have been open at all, but there he was. I suspect the
>> propagation mode was multi hop sporadic E, but I can't say for sure.
>> Sporadic E would have required about four hops. F2 would have needed
>> at least two hops but more likely three provided the night time
>> ionization was high enough. I doubt it was however.
>> Moral of the story: Be prepared for anything, anytime.
>> 73, Bill W6WRT
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