Wednesday, November 08, 2006

It's funny - I've had a terrible TV picture for the last two days..

That's what my friend Mick said to me this morning. He lives over 100 miles from us, so it's not a case of long range TVI!

Mick lives near the Essex coast and what's been affecting TV reception has been the huge tropospheric opening occuring at VHF and UHF over the last few days. What's a problem for TV viewers is a good thing for radio amateurs interested in VHF and UHF.

I've had just a few moments to enjoy the opening, but the results have been good.

Driving home from work on Monday evening, I worked Helmut, DO5PZ who was working through the GB3WH 145MHz repeater near Swindon from his QTH in western Germany. When I got home, I made some nice contacts in a few minutes. A quick CQ on 2m CW resulted in a couple of nice French QSOs - F3VS in JN38 was as loud as a local! On 70cms, I was pleased to work F8DLS and DC8PA for my first German station on 432MHz from Longworth.

By Tuesday evening the opening seemed to have moved a bit. Though the French 2m beacon F5XAM was still a huge signal, the Swiss beacon, HB9HB had faded down. A quick venture onto 2m CW gave a nice QSO with DK4U up in JO42 - a decent distance.

Great fun!

1 comment:

Justin said...

Interesting comment. my parents in Devon said that they could not get any of the Freeview digital TV channels. Analogue, however, was still watchable. Progress apparently.

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