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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Very weird

propagation on the bands today.  I didn't hear anyone who posted on QRPSPOTS today, with the exception of Cam N6GA who got on 15 Meters early and was calling CQ as K6JSS/6.  He was very light into NJ, only about a 529/429 or so.

However, 17 Meters seemed pretty active and I was able to work RT5A Yuri in Russia and S59AA Franc in Slovenia.  20 Meters was dead to me. (Is that melodramatic or what?)  There were a lot of SOTA spots mentioned on QRPSPOTS and I didn't hear any of them.  If I hadn't worked the two DX stations on 17 Meters I probably would have gone out back to make sure the antennas were still up.

Rem K6BBQ mentioned on QRPSPOTS something about an X Class flare.  I guess I wasn't alone in listening to the "sounds of silence".

72 de Larry w2lj
QRP - When you care to send the very least!


Anonymous said...

It's funny Larry the numbers have been very good the last week or so but the bands have sounded "dead" to so-so this a way... I also read something about a flare today but actually had a fairly good DX day at this QTH.

In the hour that I operated this afternoon I worked OK6DJ my rpt 57, S59N my rpt 57, RA6ALS my rpt 59, ON7TZ my rpt 57 and F1UJS my rpt 56 all QSO's 5 Watts SSB. Hot bands here were 15M, 12M Like you I found 20 "dead"

I don't know what it is about this cycle but the numbers really so far haven't really been much of a factor in making contacts or not...


Casey Bahr said...

Maybe they were all off at the RTTY contest, hi! Last night I took a peak at a WebSDR site and wonder what the heck were all those traces in the lower end of 40 meters! Then ... I listened and I remembered.

Larry W2LJ said...


That was part of the problem. It was CQ WW RTTY weekend and I was expecting to hear RTTY stations all the way down to 14.050 or so. I wasn't hearing any of them, either - even way up where'd you'd normally expect to hear RTTY stations. I must live in an RF Black Hole.

Larry W2LJ

Paul PC4T said...

Hi Larry, indeed I did hear nothing either last night on 20 and 30 meter. But 17 meter was open... 73 Paul