22 May 2011

6m Es

Well, the 6m sporadic-E season is in full swing again: yesterday loads of Europeans worked with QRP and the vertical and this afternoon being spotted in Spain with WSPR. Initially it's fun working around Europe, but as the season goes on the real excitement is further afield looking for US/Canadian and South American stations on 50MHz. It never fails to amaze me how far one can hear/work on 50MHz with the right conditions. Also, next month should see the return of UK-Japan openings on 6m possibly as a result of reflections/scattering from high altitude noctilucent mesospheric clouds; signals with this mode are usually very weak.

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