Topband: VP8STI 160 Meter Path
KD8RQE at aol.com
KD8RQE at aol.com
Thu Jan 21 14:05:54 EST 2016
I'm in southern Michigan, just 10 miles north of the Indiana border. I
have an inverted L with the vertical portion up 65' and 90 radials of which 60
are 120'. I could hear them, but not well enough to hear my call at 0100Z
and 0200Z. At 0400Z they were 1-2 S units above my noise and I worked
them 1st call--listening and panadapter showed few others calling. 30 minutes
later I heard them on 75m SSB and worked them 1st call. A few minutes
later I worked them on 40 CW after a couple of calls when both nights before I
was unable to work them on 40 through the EU and W1-4 wall. Very strange,
usually the "Black Hole of DX" is quite deep here, but for once
propagation worked well for me. A VERY nice night on the low bands.
In a message dated 1/21/2016 1:24:12 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
daraymond at iowatelecom.net writes:
The whole band opening last night from NA to VP8STI on TB was rather
bizarre. The opening started in earnest with big signals coming first in
Maine. The guys in 1 land reported signals rivaling "locals." The
then started moving slowly and selectively southward. Guys in 2 land and
then 3 land started working them next and then into 5 land. As the was
opening into 5 land it also began opening westward, but again,
Stations in 8 and 9 land were hearing and working them but not everywhere.
I sat here in Iowa for over three hours with virtually nothing from them
all. Finally about 0400 I began hearing them. They slowly improved and,
0424z I put my call in and was answered immediately. They continued to
build here peaking to S5-S6 around 0445z. After that they slowly faded
were gone here before their SS. The opening appeared to be very limited
and, in some places, non-existent in 4 land. A handful in 4 land made it,
several using HWF for RX. Several big stations reported hearing little or
no signal. It seemed odd to be listening to them here with S5 signals and
the guys in the far SE and FL had none (and they are 1200 or 1500 miles
closer). But perhaps the most bizarre thing of all was K4SV and W4ZV
to listen to the NORTH to hear them with apparently no signal from the
direct path. It would be interesting to know what mode of propagation
was. All in all it was an odd night. Nevertheless, a LOT of NA stations
made it into the log. Joy for many but frustration remained for quite a
few. Antennas here a full size ground mounted four square for TX and Hi-Z
circle optimized for 160.
73. . . Dave, W0FLS, in Iowa
----- Original Message -----
From: "Joel Harrison" <w5zn at w5zn.org>
To: "topband" <topband at contesting.com>
Sent: Wednesday, January 20, 2016 11:15 PM
Subject: Topband: VP8STI 160 Meter Path
> Tonight on 160 VP8STI had a good signal. Here in Arkansas their signal
> arrived from the NE from around 0115z until around 0200z peaking around 5
> dB above my noise floor. Around 0200z they went "QRX" for a few minutes.
> When they returned their sig was much weaker and finally faded.
> As the evening went on their sig returned around 0330z here and was in
> out of the noise, still peaking to the NE and somethings shifting E to
> Right About a half hour before their SR the signal peaked to the SE and
> remained their until they faded into the sunrise.
> Best signal level here was 10 dB above my noise floor.
> Just wanted to pass that on for the folks (K9LA, W4ZV, etc) that keep
> track of these paths for us.
> 73 Joel W5ZN
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