Topband: Working LP from VK6 to the USA - season approaches

Steve Ireland vk6vz at
Thu Nov 1 00:18:44 EDT 2018

Hi Mark

Great to hear from you - will definitely be looking for you. This week I've been chasing Z23MD (without luck so far), but done the odd CQ on 1831.5 after SR - my SR is currently about 2120Z..

The first couple of weeks in November is usually the best time for LP – and, as Roger N1RJ has pointed out, if you look at the midpoint between (after) my sunrise time and (before) your sunset time, this is when signals generally peak.  The openings usually last for two to five minutes at best, but signal strengths can be strong – last year on 7 November I worked several east coast NA stations LP with strengths peaking S7.

Vy 73

Steve, VK6VZ

From: Mark K3MSB 
Sent: Thursday, November 01, 2018 3:25 AM
To: vk6vz at 
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Subject: Re: Topband: Working LP from VK6 to the USA - season approaches

Hi Steve

I'd be delighted to take a crack at working you.

Last April Phil VK6GX heard my CQ and answered me,  but I was unable to hear him.   I was beating my head against the table,  and for some added salt in the womb...N0FW was telling me "Mark, he's answering you".    Argh!   The RBOGS just didn't do that job that time!

Today was a gorgeous fall day here in southeastern PA and what better way to spend it than by installing a HI-Z 3 in the back yard!    The mounts and antennas are "planted" and look great (though my wife may not quite agree).    The electronics box will have to wait until the final mowing of the yard, and I hope that will be tomorrow.

With business constraints,  I'm targeting Nov 10th to have the HI-Z 3 on the air and all radials run for the INV-L.

That's the plan.... and we all know how plans go....

73 Mark K3MSB

On Tue, Oct 30, 2018 at 10:02 PM Steve Ireland <vk6vz at> wrote:


  After retiring earlier this year, I’ve managed to retrain (at least temporarily) my body to get up at 5am again for the pre-sunrise period here during November. 

  When not chasing DX to boost my DXCC total, I’ll spend time CQing on 1831.5, particularly in the 15 to 20 minute period after sunrise, looking first for EU/Africa and then North America long path.  

  I know there a number of east coast USA stations for who it is easier to work VK6/Zone 29 long path rather than trying for a contact at their sunset.

  Vy 73

  Steve, VK6VZ

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