Propagation seems to be picking up.

 


Yesterday afternoon I was on FT8 and was spotted in Tasmania which for me was a great sign of propagation. Then a surprise showed up on the waterfall VK7AC from Tasmania was calling me. We exchanged reports I received -11 and sent -04.

Mike Weir, VE9KK, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from New Brunswick, Canada. Contact him at [email protected].

4 Responses to “Propagation seems to be picking up.”

  • Bob shoemaker W9MTU:

    I was in Tasmania once at the town of Lonceston. That is a long haul from you about as far as one can reach on the earth.

  • Jim Smith:

    Propagation sure does seem to be picking up! This past weekend I worked two German stations using an FT-817 and Miracle Whip Antenna, while running only 5 watts on SSB. For those of you unfamiliar with the Miracle Whip it is a 57 inch whip with a small variable matching transformer that mounts on the antenna connector on the back of the 817. The two German stations had absolutely no trouble hearing my 5 watts. I am still not hearing much on 10 meters, but hope that it starts soon to pick up.

  • Mike VE9KK:

    Good evening Bob, I was shocked to make the contact and according to my logged contact in QRZ.COM the distance was 17419Km’s. It sure would seem the solar conditions are on the upswing.
    73 Bob and have a great weekend,
    Mike
    VE9KK

  • Mike VE9KK:

    Hello Jim years ago I had a miracle whip and I can remember using it from my night table indoors with a long counterpoise attached to it. I believe I was working PSK but not sure. Great work using 5 watts on SSB to boot. Thanks for sharing the great propagation news.
    Have a great weekend,
    73,
    Mike
    VE9KK

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