[CQ-Contest] Radio Laws of Propagation

Björn SM0MDG bjorn at sm0mdg.com
Fri Feb 28 03:58:40 EST 2014

On 27 Feb 2014, at 23:42, PCA <kt3y at aol.com> wrote:

> I was on from KP2M for about three hours in the CQ
> 160 SSB contest.  I am aware of the rumors surrounding
> KP4KE, and his actual power levels, so during the contest
> I mentioned his strong signal and asked about his "setup"
> He claimed to be using 100 w into a 2L vertical on 160. 
> When calling CQ, I can only imagine that the array was 
> aimed stateside or to Europe. Either it has no pattern or 
> it was pointed straight at St. Croix.

I was low power in CQ-160 SSB this year. I worked KP4KE the first night. While no propagation to K/VE I found him around 0500z during a S&P sweep. I expected hard work ahead as he was weak, but was surprised as he responded to me almost instantly. I can not judge if he was low or high power, but a high power station with his signal would normally be more challenging for me to work in a contest. K3ZM was 579-599 the second morning and he never heard me despite many attempts.

I have no opinion one way or the other, just share my experience.

See you in ARRL SSB this weekend! (Will be in the SK3W team)

73 de Björn,

More information about the CQ-Contest mailing list