Topband: Boring Report - first taste of Europe this season

Charles Otnott wd5bjt at
Wed Aug 26 05:55:30 PDT 2009

Yes, I agree the "season" has started for the northern world. European
stations are getting louder here on the southern Mississippi Gulf coast.

I used the down time to re-route my end fed half wave herz antenna to
get more of the first high current point into the vertical section. At the Huntsville
hamfest I managed to buy the last two 600 ohm 20 watt carbon resistors
by a long time parts vendor. He said that "there are no more in my stock."
Time for beverages.

It is time for us static crash listeners to start loosing sleep!!!
We shall see if all of our down time efforts will glean exotic DX.

-----Original Message-----
>From: David Raymond <daraymond at>
>Sent: Aug 25, 2009 2:27 PM
>To: topband at
>Subject: Re: Topband: Boring Report - first taste of Europe this season
>> This is typically the week that the first west coast to European QSOs take
>> place in the new season.
>> On Sunday morning UTC, G4AMT was heard in Oregon and he heard my signal -
>> just not at the same time.  Monday - nothing heard.  However, last night,
>> we were able to exchange reports during a QSB peak where signals were 569
>> both ways.
>> This is the third year in a row that Terry was my first European QSO -
>> the previous dates being August 23, 2007 and August 26, 2008.  Now that we
>> have August 25th checked off, we will go for August 24th next year.  :-)
>> SM7BIC should be on at his sunrise tomorrow.  IV3PRK has been around as
>> but I have not heard him yet.  S59A was heard on 80 meters two nights ago.
>> 73 Tree N6TR
>> Boring, OR
>The new season for the northern latitudes is definitely underway.  This past
>Saturday (22 Aug, around 1100z) I CQ'd and managed to work three JA stations
>plus TB stalwart Bob, VK3ZL (all amidst S7-S9 QRN).  So things are looking
>73. . .Dave
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73 & Best DX


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