Friday, May 25, 2012

USA on 40 m

Antennas WX3B (photo from qrz.com )

I couldn't believe my ears, a very loud 599 signal from WX3B on 40 meter, he was in qso with a Russian station about the WPX contest this weekend. After this qso he was calling CQ DX, no takers that moment so I called him once with 25 watts, and he replied. Wow, that was a long time ago I worked USA on 40 meter so easily. I took this picture from Google maps (street view) a new sport of mine to locate the antennas. Here you can see the antennas in his backyard.

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  1. Good morning Paul, this could be a good sign that things are on the up swing. If that true it's great timing for the WPX contest weekend.

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    1. Hi Mike, yes it could be. I hope the catch some DX Sunday with the WPX contest. 73 Paul

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  2. Very nice, usually it's not easy to get USA on 40 with limited antennas and low power. Good reminder for the WPX CW this weekend, I almost forgot. I'll try to make some time for it. 73, Bas

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    1. Hi Bas, indeed it is. Maybe condx are going up for the weekend, Saturday is a very busy day - no time for ham radio, but I hope to work Sunday morning some WPX CW stations. 73 Paul

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  3. Hello Paul, Good to see this excellent propagation. I think sometime good propagation is obscured by little or no activity. This in contrast to WSPR, where always "unmanned" Ears are available.
    I had great fun in the WPX contest with low power. 73, Bert

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    1. Hallo Bert, ja, ik denk dat je daarmee gelijk hebt. Ik heb helaas niets met de WPX kunnen doen. Ik moest filmen voor de lokale voetbal vereniging hier, jeugdweekend, en veel visite etc. Een andere keer maar weer. 73 Paul

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  4. Hello Paul,

    Yes....sometimes a 40 meter signal can jump across the pond very well. Several months ago RD3A in Moscow worked me here in West Virginia. Don't know how, but I'm still amazed at how the right propagation can work wonders when you're in the right place at the right time. These contacts are always mind boggling...

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    1. Hi John, that's why I like 40 meter. A great band. 73 Paul

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