Minor Aurora Opening (5/1/2013)

The BZ component of the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) is currently tipped south this evening and minor geomagnetic activity is being detected. Some aurora contacts have been made here in the northeast. Some of the stations heard here were VE2XX, VE2DLC, KK2I, VA3DX, N8LX and VA3DX.

 

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EU getting into the action early. (5/1/2013)

Just like every other year it seems, Europe is getting into the sporadic Es a little earlier than North America. The past several days Europe have had some decent openings within the continent. It shouldn’t be much longer until NA starts to see some activity. I find that normally after the 2nd week of May is the point in time things start to happen here.

 

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Es Season About 1 Month Away (4/4/2013)

This blog has been very quiet, however I look to get it restarted as of right now. The Unofficial start to Sporadic Es season in the northern hemisphere is symbolically May 1st. A few openings are known to take place before this take, however the bulk of the E openings, including DX typically begins later in May.

Stay Tuned!

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The Pacific Northwest (6/27/2012)

After getting home after band practice, I turned on the radio to find a large opening towards the Pacific Northwest. Things towards that direction has been fairly quiet so far from here in FN25. It was nice to work some of my 6m friends form the Left coast that I have not heard since last year. All stations worked were from British Columbia, Washington, Idaho and Montana. The stations included VE7SL, KE7V, KI7BP, KB7Q, W7ID, VE7XF, VA7FC and N7NW. The contact with KB7Q yielded myself a new grid square DN48 in Montana.

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All About Iceland (6/27/2012)

Another Day, Another Opening towards Europe. After a slow start to the season, the East – West Es over the Atlantic has been great. For this opening I was somewhat out of the main path, however I managed to work Pete TF/VE3IKV while he was up in Iceland for a new 6m DXCC #95. The grid square was HP83. He was being worked by others to the south and I was hearing nothing at all. Suddenly he drifted in for only about 2 minutes and then was gone. With Pete sending at over 30 wpm CW, that was all we needed to get the QSO done. The only other station I worked during this opening was Bert S57RR at 14:23 UTC on CW.

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More DX! (6/25/2012)

Despite Es season being pretty lame at times, lately there have been a fair share of openings across the Atlantic Ocean. This evening provided a nice opening with great signals via the northern EU path. This Es opening also had 3 distinct waves where signals would come and go. The first wave started at 18:43 UTC with PA2M in the Netherlands worked on 50.081 CW. A few minutes later I worked ON4IQ in Belgium on 50.087. I did hear a DL station out of Germany very weak, but was unable to work him.

After about a half hour of quiet, things opened up again with a much more stable 2nd wave with many big signals. My first QSO during this wave was with G8BCG in England at 19:26 UTC. The last QSO was with EA6SA on Balearic Island at 20:56 UTC. I happened to be sitting on 50.082 listening to nothing in particular while I did some internet work when I heard somebody suddenly call CQ with a fairly weak signal. Sure enough it was EA6SA and I worked him without any problems. This particular opening featured many stations out of mainly France, Spain and England. Other stations worked were F6KHM, EA4SV, F6HRP, EA5KA, EA5FX, EA1EJ, G3XRJ, EA1YV and CT1ILT.

Throughout the evening I did see many spots for a German station up in Greenland around 50.102.5. OX/DL3GCS was being worked by many 1′s and 3′s located to the south and east but I was unable to copy anything at all. I decided to go take another listen and at 21:40 UTC he did drift in within a 559 signal on CW. Nobody was answering his CQ’s and I worked him easily. I worked one other EU station this evening and that was G4IFX at 22:26.

A nice opening indeed!

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Almost Missed the Opening (6/22/2012)

Friday June 22nd, 2012 was the day before Field Day. I was over at my friend Steve’s (VA3FM) house preparing for field day when during the evening we had to drive back into the city to pick a few things up. I happened to check my cellphone and the ON4KST chat and to my surprise, a good sized opening towards Europe was in progress. I basically made Steve stop by my house so I could get in on some action. I caught the tail end of the opening. At 22:51 UTC I worked David MM0AMW in Scotland, followed shortly after by MD0CCE on the Isle of Man. I finished off by making a SSB contact with F6EAS in France. Signals were fairly strong.

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Domestic Es including Short Hop (6/21/2012)

During the afternoon of June 21, 2012 a fairly intense Es cloud was hanging over the northeast. Signals out of the lower EN grids across the great lakes were very strong. This opening also featured some Short Hop Es into the lower FN grids and upper FM grids with distances between 600 and 800km. Below is a video of Chuck W3TC in grid FN00.

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Finally an Opening (6/19/2012)

After about a week of pretty much quiet, finally some DX on 6m. Things were dead all day long with the exception of typical Es into the 4 call area down the east coast. In the evening out of nowhere, PV8ADI in Brazil was in with a great signal. The only other DX heard here was NP4A in Puerto Rico who was 59 on SSB.

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Terrible Band Conditions (6/19/2012)

Not much going on the past week on 6m. The Sporadic Es conditions have almost been non existent. Last DX worked was on June 12th. On that day I managed to work LU7YS, 9Y4D, MM0BQN and XE2X. That was a weird day for Es. Seemed to be open in all directions, but only marginally. There was a bit of Aurora this past weekend, but that’s about it. Things better turn around and soon. So far this is shaping up to be one dud of an Es season.

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