First EU Contacts of the Season (6/13/2013)

Finally some Europe DX worked during this slow Sporadic Es Season so far. I woke up fairly early around 715am to find K1SIX on the east coast working a few Spain stations according the the DX cluster. I decided to call CQ on 50.088.5 and to my surprise, PA2M in the Netherlands answered my call with a 559 signal. Finally the wait was over. The opening was very sporadic with some stations in pinpoint locations getting to work lots of DX. Other stations I worked were EI4DX and EI4KF in Ireland and G4FUF in England. Those were about the only stations I heard. Other stations here in North America such as VE2XK up north in FN07 were having a field day and working a narrow path into DL, SP, YO, I, S57 etc. I hope this will be the start of good things this season.

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Nice Aurora Opening (6/6/2013)

On the afternoon of June 6th, the Bz component of the interplanetary magnetic field tipped south for a long duration and this led to a great evening time aurora opening on 6 meters. The stations worked extended beyond the usual VE2′s, VE3′s, K1′s and northern Michigan stations and also included VE1, 8′s, 9′s, 2′s and even 3′s in the upper FM grids. Stations worked during this long lasting opening were VE2XK, W1XX, W3EP, AA1QD, K1MAA, KT1R, W1VD, W9EWZ, VE3FGU, W0W, VE3EK, K3OO, KA2LIM, NS9I, KK2I, VA3DX, KX9X/1, VE3EJ, K1GUN, VE3LYC, WZ8D, K3WA and W3UR.

Geomagnetic Storm conditions would come and go in waves. Late at night past midnight local, I worked N8CJK, VE2DZ, VE3KU and Larry VY0HL up on Baffin Island.

One of the highlights was hearing KL7KY in Alaska on AUR-Es, however his signal was mostly noise level at best and I was unable to work him. The VE8WD/b up in Yellowknife, NWT was in for over an hour with a half decent signal at times.

With Sporadic Es season being in the gutter so far this season, this night provided a bit of fun for a change.

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Caribbean and South America (6/1/2013)

It is normal after a period of geomagnetic storming to see an enhancement to North-South paths on 6m. A nice opening to the Caribbean and parts of South America. For the most part I was just on the edge of the main path, but did manage to work a few stations including YV1DIG, 9Y4VU and HI3TEJ. Stations deeper into South America (PY,LU) were worked by some also. YV1DIG in Venezuela was in for a few hours and had a nice signal reaching 579 at times. Still waiting for some good Es to Europe.

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First European Opening of Season (5/28/2013)

Finally an opening towards Europe. The opening was mostly confined to stations located in VO1, VE1 and VY2 working a few stations in west Europe, however I was able to copy a few french stations here in FN25. They were not very strong and were only in for about 5 minutes. F8GGD had the strongest signal, only about 529 on 50.098 CW. I was unable to work him, but still nice to hear that path opening up.

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Northern Path Double Hop (5/14/2013)

Early Sporadic Es continue to impress. During the evening of May 14th the VE4VHF/b beacon in Manitoba was in 599+++. I noticed on the cluster that VE6ZT in Alberta spotted the VE2RCS/b beacon, also located in my grid square FN25. He is also active on the ON4KST 6m Chat Group, so I asked him to listen for me on 50.095 CW. Sure enough he answered my call and had a great 599 signal. He is located in grid DO21. Shortly after working him I worked VE4MR on CW, also with a huge signal. With a great first hop in place, a second hop formed about half hour later. Suddenly an always enjoyable west coast opening was underway. Stations worked were N7NM, K7CW, KE7V, NN7J and VE7DAY all on CW, followed by VA7FC on CW. Signals were in and out for an hour and I also got to work VE3XTI in grid EN29, Kenora, Ontario. Fun opening!

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Little Bit of DX (5/10/2013)

A nice little DX opening towards the Caribbean and South America was brewing, but unfortunately I was on my way out the door. I managed to work a couple of DX stations before I had to leave. First I worked KP4EIT in Puerto Rico at 21:14 UTC, followed by PJ4NX in Bonaire at 21:25 UTC. This Es season is getting off to a good early start.

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First West Coast Double Hop (5/10/2013)

A nice opening today including my first double hop Es contact to the west coast this season. A couple of pretty good Es clouds in just the right positions provided for a path from the east to west. I was a little bit off the main signal path, but I did manage to work WA6KLK in CM89 California. Most of my contacts were of the single hop variety towards the 4/8/9 call areas.

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Opening of the Americas (5/9/2013)

A nice opening between North and South America this afternoon on 6. Unfortunately for me I was outside of the main pipeline and did not hear a single signal (up until this post). Many contacts made between CE,LU,CX and many locations within the USA.

 

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Single Hop Es to Start the Day (5/8/2013)

The morning of Wednesday May 8th is starting off with a minor single hop Es opening in the eastern half of North America. Will see what the rest of the day will bring us.

 

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South American DX Opening (5/4/2013)

6m has sprung to life here in North America the past 3 days with numerous single hop Es openings, plus a couple of nice South American DX openings. Yesterday evening I got home around suppertime to find the band open to Chile and Argentina with decent signals. Stations I worked were CA3SOC, CE3KX, CE3FZ and LU8MB. Always lots of fun to work that far south on the magic band.

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