Perseids 2012 on 144MHz

I haven’t really got myself out of 50 and 70MHz Es mode yet, so still really only looking for those openings – which are getting a bit less frequent now. However, realising yesterday that it was the peak of the Perseids meteor shower, I thought it would be a good time to see what I could hear using the digital modes – as now have the interface mentioned earlier in the year.

Last night I setup the FT847 on 144.370 which is the FSK441 frequency and set the WSJT software running in monitor mode to see what would happen. When I looked at the ‘log’ this morning there was plenty of interest and quite a number of stations heard:

PA0BWL (tropo or backscatter?)
EA3AXV (one of the outstanding signals for me – copied many times)
S50C (another outstanding and consistent signal)
YO2LAM (probably the best DX)
PA5KM (tropo or backscatter)

Well, I probably should have spent some time trying to make some QSOs, but actually I was quite happy to see what I heard and I am delighted with this haul. The antenna here is just the little 5 element, so this was probably more about strong short reflections rather than longer but quite weak ones that you get when you aim closer to the horizon with a long yagi.

It’s not all over yet though and it will probably be worth setting the receiver going again this evening.

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

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