Saturday, March 24, 2012

A hint of changing conditions and a trip to White Horse Hill

As I was driving home last night, I was looking around on 28MHz SSB as I usually do. In addition to the 'usual' South Americans that I've been hearing for a few weeks there were a couple of fairly weak French stations. This interested me as I suspected I was hearing them via Es propagation. If that's true, then with any luck we will start to hear more Es on 28MHz and then hear it rising in frequency towards 50MHz and beyond.

This afternoon, in celebration of the gorgeous weather, Julie and I decided to go up White Horse Hill, which is about 10 miles to the south of where we live. Although it was a little misty up there, we had a great time walking, listening to the skylarks, watching the buzzards and picking out some of the local villages. I took my Icom E-92 handheld and had a tune around on 145 and 433MHz. I was particularly pleased to have a nice 145MHz simplex contact with Mike 2E0YYY/P who was on the Long Mynd in Shropshire. I suppose the distance between us was around 80-90 miles.

2 comments:

Steve Bunting said...

Not so sure it was Es, Tim. The beam headings I used suggested some form of backscatter. That said, I have put up my small 6m yagi and will leave it on skimmer when I am at work!

Tim said...

Hi Steve,

You could very well be right. It didn't sound backscattery, but you never know. Did also hear a bunch of EAs on 28.400 too.

Fingers crossed we start to see some Es soon!

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