Tag Archive for propagation

FT5ZM on 80m

FT5ZM

I had pretty much contented myself with having worked FT5ZM on 40m and didn’t really believe that an 80m contact would be possible. Mike AD5A recently worked them on 80m from his QTH a couple hundred miles west of me but the evening pile-ups have increasingly turned me off and the motivation just wasn’t there…

Customized propagation charts

c82dx_pr

More and more DXpeditions lately are providing some form of propagation prediction software that can be customized to a user’s QTH and station (antenna) configuration. The latest DXpedition to do so is C82DX via their website here. Although I’ve noticed similar programs on other websites, I haven’t really paid much attention to them. Instead, I’m more likely…

Long-path QSO with YL

InaYD1NAA

Long-path QSOs are noteworthy for me in that I don’t have many of them that I am able to verify via antenna rotation. I need to work on exploring other propagation paths… And, in a male-dominated hobby, QSOs with YLs are also rare. This morning Ina YD1NAA provided both.

The comets are coming

Comet-ISON

Meteor scatter, anyone? It’s not very often that radio propagation and photographic opportunity are enhanced by a single phenomena phenomenon but that may very well be the case in 10 months. No doubt you’ve heard of the comet due to pass within 800,000 miles of Earth next December. Comet ISON is expected to be visible in…

How to define an open band?

5jan2013

I’m gradually changing my definition of what constitutes an “open” band, at least when it comes to the higher bands. Normally, if someone told me 10 meters was open, I’d expect to hear European signals in the morning and JA/VK in the evening. Afternoons would consist of South American and Caribbean sigs. For the past…