5-9-2018**40 QSOs**8021 miles**Best 144 DX 460 miles to K1ISR FM06**Best 432 DX 568 miles to W4DEX EM95**Best 1296 DX 568 miles to W4DEX EM95
Here is another one of my occasional updates. It is not at all to gloat over all that I worked cuz I am very sure there are many out there who had a great time and got some new stuff too. N2SLO is happy with two new grids on 1296. I heard KJ4MCZ working VE1SKY maybe the best dx qso of the day and N3RG really happy to work VE1SKY on fone after their 51 digital contacts on 2 meters. Sure glad they are now 2 meter friends after all those many many contacts over the years. I did not hear VE1SKY at all.
Well, the fun for me really started last night on the mud toads net. At the end of that net, I joked that already had racked up enough qso miles without a woof to make me happy. But the real fun didn’t start until the morning today. By the way, I think i heard you early but didn’t look for you until later when I didn’t find you. Sorry I missed you. Having missed others who I heard working openings I wasn’t in is frustrating and I don’t like to be a part of someone else missing a contact with me just because I am part of a big opening.
Somethings happend that turned me in another direction which helped me. Mark K1MAP was heading south and stopping for 432 qsos. He stopped to work me on 432 when he was almost leaving fm29. We worked ok but that lead me to a big signal from W4DEX who I hadn’t worked in years. The big signals on 432 lead me to suggest we try 1296 where although signals were not too strong we nevertheless had a successful qso. Sure wish that I had found N1GC somewhere. Also, while looking for you, I ran into K1ISR and while talking with K3GNC a few minutes later, learned from Jerome that K1ISR had 1296, so I went back and got him to move up for my second successful qso to fm06 for the day on that band.
Bob W1COT indicated that the opening was a bit inland toward the west which was probabally why I didn’t hear VE1SKY and why NG4C HAD A NORMAL SIGNAL.
Now let me get to the meat and potatoes for the utc day. I hope I didn’t forget to log someone. For me, that is a possibility. As usual, I forgot to make a recording and I really regret that. I think I log K1MAP 3 times, once for qso on 2 meters from fm29, then 432 from that grid and later on 2 meters from fm28. I did not work anyone on 222 mhz, another of my failings.
432 mhz K1MAP W4DEX K3GNC KC3BVL KC2BPP
1296 KJ4MCZ N2SLO KO4YC N3RG W4DEX K1ISR
KD4AA N4RZP K3GNC AB4SF K3TSR W4ACM KD8UD K1BXC WZ1V WA4LM N2SLO KA2BPP KJ4MCZ K1MAP N2DXT KO4YC AA2TT N3RG W1COT NG4C N1TKS KC1ERS N2AMC K1ISR K2UYH KC2TN WB2SIH K1MAP
This was a big opening, for me, the best in a number of years. But recently, I have noted that this time of year is usually noted for poor signals and occasionally an opening and once in a while a great opening. So, will we be treated to another big opening this spring? Only time will tell.
I keep hearing about warm temperatures and openings. Not the case this time. Temps were in the upper 40s and low 50s which is normal for this time of years. As K1HTV found way back in the 60s you have to watch the wx fronts. What those warmer temps do is bring the dew point up which helps to bring down the line noise and maybe helps those wx fronts to have the right conditions for an opening.
It will be interesting what happens tonight and tomorrow morning. Stormmy wx comes in later in the day ending things for now. I have noted that the openings at this time of year tend to be short in duration and those 4 and even 5 day openings won’t be here until at least mid August. Also, since sun rise is getting closer to the earliest time, sleeping late will reduce your opportunities considerably.
73, PeteK1PXE fn31ke85mx