Topband: Strange propagation

Mark Connelly markwa1ion at
Fri Jan 15 12:59:15 EST 2016

The strongest AM broadcasters across the Atlantic are often audible 3 or more hours before sunset local here on Cape Cod.

Saudi Arabia 1521 has been logged at local shore sites between noon and 1 p.m. EST several times.  Admittedly this involves big power at the transmitter end but 160m would have the advantages of potentially much less interference, better receiving antennas, and CW / digital modes for vastly superior signal-to-noise capability.

So some midday QSO's over 5000+ mile distances should not be discounted in autumn / winter if the path is mostly salt water, some of the route is dark, and the stations on each end have decent power and good "ears" (antenna / receiver / operator combo.).

Mark Connelly, WA1ION
South Yarmouth, MA 

This is very strange as Jeff, VY2ZM during the CQ 160 meter event works 
Western Europe at high noon PEI time.

Herb, KV4FZ

On 1/14/2016 9:35 PM, Larry Burke wrote:
> I was specifically told by one checker that he doesn't even check the time
> of a Topband QSO. Go figure.
> Larry K5RK
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Topband [mailto:topband-bounces at] On Behalf Of Kris Mraz
> Sent: Thursday, January 14, 2016 7:19 PM
> To: topband at
> Subject: Re: Topband: Strange propagation
> Which brings to mind another issue: 160m card checkers will disallow a card
> if the DX QSO occurred in the middle of the day since the path would be
> impossible.
> Can't make that assumption, anymore.
> Kris N5KM
> _________________
> Topband Reflector Archives -

More information about the Topband mailing list