Topband: Morning (W6 time) opening to European Russian today at ~1300Z during ARRL contest

Victor Goncharsky us5we at
Mon Dec 9 07:42:37 EST 2019

Certainly the skip has favored Northern paths for the last several days.
We worked three Alaska stations since Friday - NL7S and KL7J on FT8 and KL7SB on CW in the contest.
With only one CW QSO in KL7KY in 2013 it was an amazing adventure. KL7 was a new one for Helen!
Hawaii was not that easy but managed to get  KH6/KU1CW in contest and K9FD on FT8, well done Merv!
Tried to get the remaining States during the contest weekend, succeeded with Wyoming but had not enough RF to get W0SD and K5HK.
Anyway the beginning of this season is quite promising.
73/88 from us US5WE and Helen UR5WA

>Понедельник,  9 декабря 2019, 8:36 UTC от Peter Sundberg <sm2cew at>:
>... Super signals from all over NA this past weekend. The band never died 
>as long as there was darkness over the entire, or some part of the, 
>continent. Interesting to note, after sunrise here at 65.4N stations 
>from the east coast, who still were in complete darkness, got 
>noticeable weaker while the mid west and west coast stations got 
>stronger. This follows the trend I've seen befor.
>Let's hope these lovely band conditions continue well past The Stew 
>and the CQ 160M CW !
>Peter SM2CEW
>At 02:35 2019-12-09, Richard (Rick) Karlquist wrote:
>>11 or so years ago, I worked UA3AGW at 1500Z during the ARRL contest
>>using only 100 watts then.  That was of course at a sunspot minimum.
>>We are now at the next SS minimum and this morning in the 1300Z hour,
>>I again worked UA3AGW who called me during the contest.
>>I also worked RK4FF, UD4F, RM4F, RA4LW, and RW3PZ plus LY7M and UW2M.
>>I would like to thank all the callers for sticking with me till
>>I got your call, although some were armchair copy.
>>I was using 1,500 watts today.
>>I hope to see this opening again in the upcoming Stew Perry
>>where it will worth a lot more than 5 points.
>>Rick N6RK
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73, Victor Goncharsky US5WE/K1WE (UW5W in VHF contests, ex UB5WE), P.E.
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