Topband: strange conditions
PACER99 at aol.com
Fri Feb 17 14:06:47 EST 2006
Last night was very strange. Around 0500 z 3Y0X took a sharp peak at around
579/589. I could hear SV8CS calling him with a 579 signal and no QSB.
Thinking that the band was in good shape I decided to call CQ and see what could be
heard from Europe.
Nothing heard which was strange because the signals from SV8CS were still
loud. Around 15 minutes later the band noise went totally dead. Understand,
that with the beverages that I have the band noise floor is usually at "0".
Thinking that something was wrong with either the transceiver or the beverage
box I checked everything only to find that all was in order. Something had gone
strange with the band. The only possible solution that I had was to use my
external preamplifier. Called CQ again and was rewarded with the best European
opening of the season. The stations worked followed sunrise in Europe almost
exactly and reports received were outstanding. Two plus hours of European
Thinking that a good opening to Asia would be coming I got up early (12 z)
and tried for JA.
The usual band noise was back and no answers from JA. Strange.
This is the first time that I have been aware of these anomalies. I leave it
for the experts to explain these strange conditions. Anyone?
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