[CQ-Contest] 160 QRN

K9MA k9ma at sdellington.us
Mon Dec 3 01:48:48 EST 2018

Actually, I think propagation was pretty good. Kp was 0 much of the 
weekend, and the lone two EU stations I worked were loud, if briefly. 
Otherwise, propagation was perhaps typically weird for 160: some really 
strong signals mixed with inexplicably weak ones from usually loud 
stations. All this, of course, detected marginally beneath the 
horrendous static crashes from that storm system.

You would think they might schedule the 160 contest in the wintertime.  
Oh, wait....

Scott K9MA

On 12/2/2018 04:23, Jim Brown wrote:
> On 12/1/2018 6:07 PM, K9MA wrote:
>> If any of you are wondering why we in the central US seem 
>> particularly deaf this weekend, it's because of the terrific QRN from 
>> a huge storm system.
> And also because everyone is listening on their RX antennas directed 
> to EU. As soon as the EU path closed, a whole new group of east coast 
> stations started calling be who couldn't me a half hour earlier.
> It's a big part of why I consider ARRL 160 and CW 160 a bad joke from 
> W6. Condx were especially lousy this weekend -- in a one nite effort, 
> I missed GA and FL except NFL, running legal limit to full size 
> verticals with decent radial systems, full wavelength beverages, and 
> even a few dB TX directivity to the east, west, and south. I never 
> heard EU. It's not only that they didn't hear me -- I didn't hear 
> them! Best DX was OA, PP, and JA.
> 73, Jim K9YC
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Scott  K9MA

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