Topband: strange propagation

Herbert Schoenbohm herbs at
Fri Jan 15 13:49:32 EST 2016


Well liberally quoting Forest Gump....TB Dxing is like a box of never know what your gonna git."  I called S9SS for 
two years before I worked him and that is a chip shot across the pond.  
The same with DU/N0NM who I never worked but heard daily. Now I am 
working DU7ET on TB nearly every morning including SSB QSO's.  Robert is 
using a low dipole and we get a good SR/SS enhancement.  DU/N0NM was 
receiving on a vertical which pretty much explains everything. last week 
FR4NT was peaking at his SR at 579 but couldn't hear me.  the next day 
he laid a bog my direction and it was easy.  This thrill of victory and 
agony of defeat far surpasses and internet QSO.  We may soon see 
Dx-peditions that merely use Skype of a small SDR rig on the shelf to 
work them on all bands for cash.  The tempting for a pay to play 
operation will trump everything.  (No pun intended.)

Herb Schoenbohm

On 1/15/2016 2:27 PM, Raoul Coetzee via Topband wrote:
> Herb, I am with you on this one.I know my 160m dxcc will ,one day, go to trash. Thats ok.At least I worked for it, you know, it took me a long time to get your call in the qrn, and I was a green horn! from a small lotwith a great ambition.Now that is more valuable to me than anything else.73Raoul Zs1C, ex ZS1REC
>        From: Herbert Schoenbohm <herbert.schoenbohm at>
>   To: topband at
>   Sent: Friday, January 15, 2016 5:25 PM
>   Subject: Re: Topband: strange propagation
> This issue is ripe for discussion now.  I should not be relegated to an
> out of sight out of mind position.  It bothers many and is OK with
> some.  It speaks to the soul of amateur radio and everything it stands
> for. If we don't deal with it know  maybe in a few years that ham shacks
> will only consist of computers. No radios, no antennas, nada. Be very
> careful what you wish for. And please don't use the "emerging
> technology" argument because it is specious.
> Herb Schoenbohm, KV4FZ
> On 1/15/2016 11:04 AM, Jim Garland wrote:
>> Guys, seems to me this topic has been worked to death. Maybe it's time to
>> give it a rest.
>> Jim W8ZR
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