Are the bands improving?

Last night I had a tune across the 20m band and found there was quite a bit of activity coming out of Europe on the short path.  Many of those stations were participating in the LZ DX Contest.

I worked a number of those stations, but what was really exciting last night was that I was hearing some of the European WWFF & SOTA activators.

My equipment:-

  • Yaesu FT-2000
  • 100 watts
  • 5 element yagi @ about 15 metres from the ground

The first European portable station in the log was Pit YP1WFF who was activating Coridorul Ialomitei YOFF-0485 in Romania.

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Next was YU1OS Kosutnjak YUFF-0058 in Serbia.  Kosutnjaks a park-forest and urban neighbourhood of Belgrade, the capital of Serbia.

My next European portable activator logged was SV2RUJ/p who was activating SOTA peak SV/ MC-025 in Greece.  This un-named SOTA summit is 1,558 metres in height and is worth 6 SOTA points.

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Above:- Map of Greece showing the location of SV/ MC-025.  Map courtesy of Google maps

After logging these stations I decided to prop on a frequency and put out a CQ call.  I ended up with a pile-up from Europe and the Middle East.  By 1.30 a.m. I was getting really tired and decided to go QRT, with many stations still calling.  All up I logged about 60 European, Middle Eastern and South-East Asian stations.

Hopefully, this is a sign that the band conditions are improving.




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