Topband: Conditions and Activity

David Olean k1whs at
Fri Nov 2 11:04:24 EDT 2018

I missed you last night, Roger

I did try listening on the band 2 hours before my sunset and was 
surprised to hear a DL1 station at S7 or S8. It was an amazing signal at 
19:42 UT.  I just happened to be in the 160 shack working on some 
shelves for a test equipment bench.   At my sunset, I heard VK6VZ on 
long path with a great real 559 signal. He was in for a tad over 15 
minutes, but too much EU QRM to get through. That was my first long path 
signal heard on 160.  I have also heard JA stations at my sunrise three 
days in a row. That is a normally impossible path!

I promise to be more active in hopes of working plenty of rare DX as 
well as talk to the many friends I am making on 160! What a great band!  
In a weak moment, I even tried some FT8 but had a miserable time as the 
software seemed all screwed up. I could not send RR to answering 
stations, and it took me a few minutes to realize that the FOX/HOUND 
push buttons had been activated!  What a dope I am at times.  The FT-8 
adventure was short lived and back on CW I found a station in Andorra 
for a new country! I am up to 193 now.  I will try to get on for EU 
sunrise in the coming days too.

I am so happy that 160 condx are getting so FB.  I hope to make the most 
of them. Thanks for all of your efforts.

Dave K1WHS

On 11/2/2018 1:10 PM, Roger Kennedy wrote:
> Good to hear the band open most nights this week, and a reasonable number of
> NA stations coming on CW!   Worked my old friend Dave, AA0RS for the first
> time in ages.
> And I had a great chat on SSB with Jeff VY2ZM last night . . . he's always
> such a great signal over here, and was peaking S9 +20dB !  (shame there
> weren't any other NA stations calling in)
> Hope there will be a lot more NA stations on 160m on CW and SSB over the
> weekend.
> Roger G3YRO
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