and the band conditions during our diminishing sun spot cycle, I will post a graphic that I saw on Facebook, courtesy of Jim Stephens NX8Z:
Last night's 80 Meter QRP Fox hunt was a tough go. I finally managed to nab Randy NC4RT in North Carolina for a single pelt. Dave K5IX in Texas was a mere whisper, although my relatively close by neighbor Steve WX2S managed to squeak in a QSO in the closing minutes of the hunt.
QSB was tough, rapid and fluttery, and there was a low, whooshing noise across a part of the band that made things very difficult. I'm not sure whether that was just local noise or some kind of over the horizon radar; but it was not pleasant to deal with. I thank God for the Butternut, as it allowed me to snag the pelt. Going against conventional wisdom, the vertical was giving me less noise than the horizontal wire!
Unfortunately, I think we have a few more years of this before things get better. Maybe Santa will bring us some sun spots if we're all good Amateur Radio ops?
72 de Larry W2LJ
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