Saturday, May 21, 2011
Watching 6m propagation changing over Europe
Today was a fantastic day on 6 metre (50 Mhz). I switched on the radio at 9.50am and there was already activity on the band and it lasted for the whole of the day, right until the evening time. For a period in the afternoon, the band was wide open, and I managed to get a pile-up going on SSB with just 100 watts on my dipole. I worked 140 QSOs on 6 metres today and put 16 different countries into the log. These were (not in any particular order): Estonia, Sweden, Germany, San Marino, Latvia, Italy, Denmark, Netherlands, Switzerland, Poland, Austria, Spain, Croatia, Czech Republic, France and Lithuania. There were some strong signals on the band too, with some peaking at 40 dB over 9 on my S-meter. I am now using an icom IC-746 for 6m activity and I must say I am enjoying it immensely.
Above is a video showing the progression of the Sporadic E propagation over Europe during the course of the afternoon. You will see EI2KC on the map a number of times! It's interesting to see how the band appeared to be closing and all of a sudden it opened up again.