8 May 2014

10m - Australia late at night

VK7AM (17366km) Tasmania, Australia running 5W was spotted on 10m WSPR at 2208 last night and I am wondering if this was long-path over the Pacific? At this time the WSPRnet database often shows stateside stations being spotted in Australia. This was a total surprise as conditions on the band did not seem that brilliant really. It goes to show that 10m really is a band filled with surprises!  Even from hour to hour, conditions change and results can be surprising. I guess it is a reminder never to give up on the 10m band.

This morning so far just Italians copied, sunspot count is a more modest 105 with 20-30MHz propagation forecast to be "poor".


PE4BAS, Bas said...

Hello Roger, VK7 at that time has to be long path. Can't imagine anything else. VK7 is Tasmania. So the distance you mentioned is probabely well over 20000km. You really should try JT9-1 sometime! I was heard in Australia with that mode on 20m 100mW. So a QSO would have been possible if the operator was at the controls! See: http://pe4bas.blogspot.nl/2014/04/jt9-propagation-tests-with-qrpp-on-20m.html

73, Bas

Roger G3XBM said...

Thanks Bas. Yes, I mean to try JT65 and JT9 again soon.

Roger G3XBM said...

Today conditions on 10m have been pretty poor here. Nothing like yesterday!