Topband: December Boring report and band conditions

w8uvz w8uvz at
Sat Jan 8 06:20:56 PST 2011

I agree with Cal's comments.

The past couple of years, the low band propagation "lengthened" to having WC 
being able to work EU on a fairly regular basis.  Simarily, EC was often 
working JA and UA9/0.

We had some of the best long haul and over the top condx, I have ever 
experienced in my 30 years on the low bands.

But with the upward movement in the solar cycle, propagation has again 
become  "shorter".

In short, I think we'll find these condx to be the norm for several years. 
Of course, there will be some good openings along the way.

So, having "enjoyed the wave", settle in for different condx with some nice 
surprises as the cycle moves on....

73  George  W8UVZ

> Howdy all!
> This season has been disappointing for sure BUT conditions have not been
> 100% in the tube. Many of you know me and or have worked me over the 
> years.
> It is very seldom that I ever respond to any posts however I could not let
> this one slide by untouched J Almost every morning when I have days off, 
> be
> it weekends or during the week, I get up for what I call the morning 
> "run",
> typically around 4:30 AM central time, check band conditions and start
> calling CQ. It is very seldom that I do not work at least 3 or 4 J 
> stations
> and sometimes more as well as old friends various parts of the globe every
> morning I am on. And yes there are mornings I go away empty handed but I
> still had fun trying J
> An example, was just yesterday morning. I started my CQ run at 
> approximately
> 10:30 Z and never got a hit until 12:19 with first JA station. I continued
> to work stations heard and calling CQ between calls. At 14:00 Z I was done
> for the morning and ended up working 9 various JA's, JR's, JE's, plus 2 
> HL
> stations. There were at least 2 stations I could hear calling but too weak
> to copy.  At the same time and almost every morning I will oftentimes call
> my usual CQ, get a response after sitting here for at least 2 hours,
> "working" to get a response, only to have someone attempt to tailgate me 
> and
> work the DX station. I don't think so L very poor sportsmanship unless
> invited to do so in my opinion.
> In a nutshell, I do not wait for a post nor do I feel I need them to work 
> or
> attract DX..they are welcomed when they are earned. Lately the few 
> openings
> have come at various as well as some of the least expected times from past
> experience. You can't work 'em if you don't try and they aren't going to
> hear you if you don't jump in and give a call. This QTH is by far the
> toughest spot I have ever worked from for operating conditions and
> propagation. It is seldom that I can ever copy a DX station on the single
> transmit vertical and it is seldom that I ever have a DX signal that moves
> the bar on the K3.
> My two cents .. Happy New Year to all
>          Cal  W0IZL  (W7IZL)
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