Hints of Sporadic E to come

With a couple of brighter days earlier this week and milder temperatures, perhaps it is starting to feel like Spring. Did I mention how much I hate the dark, cold days of Winter?!

Driving home on Monday night from the gym, I switched on the FT8900 and it came to rest on 29.600FM. There, were two huge signals; two Swedish stations talking to each other in a local QSO. Signals were clearly very solid. I wasn’t surprised to discover that there had been a few 50MHz ES contacts on Monday evening.

This lunchtime, I was listening around on 28MHz from the mobile and was pleased to hear the band open into Russia and I had a nice contact into the Moscow area.

So it feels like the first few Es openings are starting to take place on HF at least.

I am contemplating running 50MHz WSPR this season when I am not able to be in the shack and see how far that goes.

Tim Kirby, G4VXE, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from Oxfordshire, England. Contact him at [email protected].

One Response to “Hints of Sporadic E to come”

  • Don W7DTG:

    The 10M band was open to midwest and East coast today with nice openings. No DX at all, but had a great 2 hour QSO with N8EHP up in Michigan, and had to end the QSO only to make a run to the grocery store. Signals were holding real nicely with no fading and strong. Dont usually get up into the voice portion of 10M being a CW op, but I sure am glad I did today.

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