Topband: Strange propagation
markwa1ion at aol.com
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.
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 contesting.com] On Behalf Of Kris Mraz
> Sent: Thursday, January 14, 2016 7:19 PM
> To: topband at contesting.com
> 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
> Can't make that assumption, anymore.
> Kris N5KM
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