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16. May 2011

SUPER TROPO!!!

Amazing things happening today. Tropo overseas provided possibilities between the Azores and the coastal regions of Portugal, Spain, France Great Brittain, Ireland, Belgium and Holland! The beacon CU8DUB/B was switched on only last week and reported as far as in JO20WX by PA4EME (3126 km!). Furthest QSO so far between ON4KHG and CU8AO (2986 km!)




HM49 52 now TNX a lot!!
G4ZFJ, Colin - JO01HO
Rig:
144:4x 9el/400
Log:
20:03 CU8DAB/B HM49KL Heard
20:55 CU8AO HM49KL SSB 51 51
Comment:
Brilliant tropo, probably once in a lifetime opening! First time ever heard CU on 2m, there's a lot of land before I reach the Atlantic Ocean from my QTH so I didn't think it would ever be possible to reach CU from here. Also I tried listening for CU3EQ in HM68 for quite a while but nothing received. CU8DUB beacon was audiable for hours.
73 Colin
ON4KHG, GaŽtan - JO10XO
Rig:
300 Watt 12 el DK7ZB
Log:
21:53 CU8AO 51 51 HM49KL
22:02 CU8AO 52 52 HM49KL
Comment:
Dears,


I'm proud and happy to report a (actually 2) QSO on May 16th with CU8AO (HM49KL) on 144MHz via (mostly) sea tropo.
This makes a distance of 2986km and a first ON-CU on that band.
CU8DUB/B up to 549 as from 21:00
In attach, a recording of the CU8DUB/B beacon (144.420) and CU8AO calling CQ.

The cluster spot : CU8AO-@ 144300.0 ON4KHG JO10
PA4EME, Frank - JO20WX
Rig:
144: 0.22 dB 2.5 kW 14 LFA PLUS2
ODX:
3126 km
Log:
21:26 CU8DUB/B HM49KL
Comment:
Amazing..

While looking at the cluster I saw stations from the Azores worked by stations that were located more and more to the west. After 6 hours of monitoring the CU8 beacon finally popped out of the noise and peaked 419 while being 12 dB stronger in Belgium at ON4KHG.
CU8DUB/B has 30 Watts in 4 el Yagi beaming NNE at 700 meters ASL.