Topband: Daylight QSO's during the SP
vy2mgy at sympatico.ca
Mon Dec 31 06:45:26 EST 2007
During the SP I made 50 QSO's during the middle of the day. Of these 30 were
farther than 500 km, 5 were farther than 800 km and two were at 1152 km.
Those last two sounded exactly like DX stations with deep QSB, just not as
long between fades and peaks. Has anyone else experienced this? Working DX
before sunset or after sunrise is well documented but 1100+ km seems like a
long way in the middle of the day. I was under the impression that, like
commericial AM stations, 160 was limited to ground wave propagation during
most of the day.
What would be driving the propagation in the middle of the day? The fact
that we are at the absolute bottom of the sunspot cycle, and the dead of
winter with the sun low on the horizion has to be part of it. I wouldn't
think my signal would be passing through the D layer so there would be a
number of hops involved probably. Is this rare or common on 160?
HNY to all
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