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27. May 2015

15.42 G4FUF reports reception of CS3BTM/B in IM12OR

At 15:42 G4FUF reported the reception of the CS3BTM/B beacon in IM12OP. It seems the beacon is a bit higher in frequency and has a 200 Hz chirp while keying.
Around 17:30 the band opened for a short time between CT1HZE and several stations in southern UK. Endstop signals reported but lasting only for a short time.

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ES cloud map - 2015-05-27


CT1EPC, Joao - IM68GD
Rig:
Icom IC-275H - 100w - 11 el. yagi
Log:
17:36 GW4BZD IO73 59 59
G8GXP, David - IO93FQ
Rig:
IC9100 + PAs for 6m 4m 2m 70cms and 23cms (see QRZ.com for details)
ODX:
Ct1hze @ 1905kms
Log:
17:35 CT1HZE IM57NH 59+++ 1905kms
Comment:
The only station worked and heard, Tnx Joe 😎
GW8JLY, Lyndon - IO81JM
Rig:
144 Mhz - Kenwood TS2000e or Yaesu FT897d Beko HLV1000 SSPA 400w at antenna - LNA (SP200) - 9el LY (5 degree elevation)
ODX:
CT1HZE - IM57NH
Log:
17:37 CT1HZE IM57NH 59/59 SSB
Comment:
Wow - what a signal from Joe. He was a real end stop signal here (marked as 59+60db on the S meter of my TS2000e. The TS2000e is not known to have a generous S meter but I can assure you that his signal moved the digital meter right to the very end of its scale. I have never seen signals do that before - even from local stations in Cardiff. I guess the path between was optimum for this Es opening and the path loss must have been at its very minimum. I worked Joe last year via Es and he was very strong then but not as strong as this time. Co-incidentally I had just worked Joe on 4m for my 1st DX QSO on that band. So there are 2 entries in my log one after the other, CT1HZE on 4m and then CT1HZE on 2m - very nice. Lets hope for more good openings like this one during this Es season.
73 Lyn GW8JLY
M0BTZ, Roscoe (Aka Bill) - IO90GX
Rig:
50: IC551 + TE Systems PA 150W 2ele (N&S) 70:IC251E+TVTR 25W HB9CV 144: IC251/275 9ele F9FT 150W 432: IC451 100W 19ele Homebrew DL6WU 1296:IC251E+TVTR 100W 37ele Homebrew QLY 2320: IC251E+TVTR 60W 4 x 44ele QLY Homebrew
ODX:
CT1HZE 1629km IM57NH
Log:
17:36 CT1HZE IM57NH 57 55
Comment:
Only one contact via Sporadic E, no other active CT stations heard.
I QSY'd up from 6m when saw MUF at ~120 MHz over the Bay of Biscay. The 4m band was also very busy with strong CT stations reported by local stations. The 144MHz opening only lasted ~10mins here.

GW8JLY reported much stronger signals (59++) from Joe.

CT1HZE also worked G4RRA (IO80BS), GW8JLY (IO81JM), GW7SMV (IO81), G7RAU (IO90IR).
PA3BIY, Peter - JO22HB
Rig:
144: 400W 2x12el
Log:
When CT1HZE was running a few QSOs into G and GW around 17:30 z, I checked CS3BTM several times (144.401). At around 17:35 z I heard a weak (529) but stable carrier, and I wondered whether it was a beacon or a local birdy. I tuned away, but when I returned 30 s later I could hear it keying and slipping away into the noise. The signal was too weak at that time to decode the call, but it seems likely that it was CS3BTM.
At the time there was good tropo to the north, hence the path may have consisted out of a single hop Es + tropo.
Nothing else was heard.