Topband: Boring / Not So Boring Report
raoulcoetzee at yahoo.com
Tue Jan 18 05:27:00 PST 2011
"Poor conditions have been the subject of a number of
recent postings. Conditions may have been relatively poor
for most us, but Carlos, N4IS, has been enjoying
remarkable success during the past three months. From
noisy Florida he has been able to consistently work
difficult and rare Asian countries."
This season was very poor for me too and is also evident that ZS1JX spent little
time on 160m due to
poor conditions and noise preferring 80m.
My own opinion is that yes, it was worse than the previous 3-4 years for me but
at the same my own qrm noise floor went up
with many more neighborhood gadgets making noise to add to poor conditions.
But I also would like to state that when I ask Carlos for a prop test, in more
than 80% of the time, we completed a qso.
It seems as if there is quite a few NA stations with lesser 160m ability trying
but not making it over the pond.
Also, few NA stations place spots for their fellow ops, so it could lead one to
think the band is dead.
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