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16. June 2019

MUF was high from early morning. Around KO11/KO21 a hotspot developped which provided FT8 contacts before SSB was possible.




DF1CF, Juergen - JN57FP
Rig:
CF300-4 x 13el-3cx800A7
ODX:
2194 km
Log:
08:17 RV3AQ KO95VN SSB

Vy 73 de Juergen
DF1JC, Reiner - JO31OG
Rig:
FT-991A - 11 El - HLV-1000
ODX:
2201
Log:
SSB/CW: NIL
FT8:
08:24 UA3QC KO91PR 2201 Km
08:30 R5WM KO72QI 1928 Km NC
Comment:
Nothing heard in SSB but in FT8 here in my bad location some stations.
FT8 isnĀ“t a good mode to work here in JO31. There is more QRM as real DX to see on the waterfall. It would be fine when all stations transmitting in the same periode (2nd) but many Germans and Netherlands can`t learn this game

73 cu next ES
Reiner
DH6DAO, Ray - JO41BN
Rig:
ft857, 160 W and single 9 ele tonna
ODX:
2.135km
Log:
08:12 R5WM KO72QI 1.857km
08:16 RX3QFM KO91OO 2.130km new #
08:23 UA3QHF KO91PS 2.131km
08:26 R3KBF KO91PO 2.135km
08:32 UA3QC KO91OJ 2.135 km
Comment:
Nice surprise on sunday morning an probably a good chance to get a confirmation QSL from KO91.
Started on SSB band, but no chance with lot of QRO-stations, so switched to FT8-mode and made 5 nice contacts
hrd R5WW and RA3EL as well
DH8BQA, Olli - JO73CE
Rig:
Elecraft K3, ME2HT-PRO, PA + 9 ele G0KSC LFA Yagi
ODX:
1.797 km
Log:
08:11 RN3QR LO00BK 59 59 2 m. SSB 1797
08:17 EO100 KO61WP 59 59 2 m. SSB 1340
08:17 UT8AL KO61WP 59 59 2 m. SSB 1340
08:40 UR3EE KN88DC 52 57 2 m. SSB 1648
08:45 RX3QFM KO91OO -11 -10 2 m. FT8 1696
Comment:
Chaos on 144.174 FT8. Was monitoring there as I was too close to the clouds first. When seeing signals popping up immediately changed to SSB - no one there?! Calling CQ brought up RN3QR, tnx! Also UT8AL/EO10A on own CQs. Artur UR3EE was quite weak, sounded almost like Iono scatter but probably still ES. Switched back to FT8 only after opening was over. RX3QFM popped up there for few minutes only, signals weak so that's when FT8 makes sense! Else only stupid to stay on FT8 with big sigs ... hope people stop being lazy and get back to more efficient modes (yes, CW/SSB is way more effcient when band is open and you want to provide as many QSOs as possible). 73, Olli 'BQA
DJ1TU, Klaus - JN48TR
Rig:
FT897D 100W 10Ele
ODX:
2039
Log:
08:20 R3PG KO84 S+02 R+10 FT8 2039km
DJ2QV, Maik - JN58UA
Rig:
500 W - 8 ele Yagi
ODX:
~ 2000 km
Log:
07:38 RX3DCZ KO94 -16 +11
08:11 R3PG KO84 NC
08:24 RL3DA KO85 NC
08:35 RL3F KO95 hrd
Comment:
This opening was marginal in my QTH. Signals were extremely weak and only audible for some 30-60 seconds.
So just one QSO in FT8 was complete, two other stations called me but faded out before exchange of report.
No signals heard on SSB - and probably impossible to make QSO with such weak condx.
73
Maik DJ2QV
DK5EW, Erwin - JN48MB
Rig:
K3/4x9el.
ODX:
2098km
Log:
08:25 R3PG KO84UJ
Comment:
Heard mni others but only short. As usual in FT8 all TXing mixed 1. or 2. period. Middle EU is 2.period but nobody cares. A local DO stn close to me was TXing all the time in 1.period so I could not complete some QSO.

FT8 is nice software but with not understanding by some stations how to operate FT8 is a pain.
DK5OX, Boris - JN59MO
Rig:
TS2000 LNA 12 el M2 300w
ODX:
2240
Log:
SSB
08:13 RQ3P KO84UJ 1895km
08:15 R3PA KO84UF 1893km

FT8
08:24 UA4UK LO14MA 2240km
08:28 R3PG KO84TD 1887km
Comment:
HRD FT8
20190616_080930 -19 0.6 347 ~ CQ RQ3P KO84
20190616_072630 -13 0.7 1255 ~ CQ R5WM KO72
DK5YA, Udo - JN49NX
Rig:
4x22 Xpol, LDMOS amp. Adaptive RX.
ODX:
UA4UK 2342 km
Log:
08:13 R3PA KO93JV 2065 km
08:14 RW3VM LO16BF 2286 km
08:27 UA4UK LO14MA 2342 km
08:36 UA3QC KO91OJ 2111 km
08:39 RX3QFM KO91OO 2108 km
Comment:
FT8 is a plague. This morning we had a nice ES into UA3 and UA4 and more than 90 percent of all stations were in FT8. What a nonsense. For example, UA4UK was audible for more than 20 minutes in FT8 with S9 . Imagine how many stations he could have worked in SSB. Many other UA3 were very very loud in FT8, almost all over S9. And in SSB? Just 4, you have to imagine that. This shitty mode ruines amateur radio. That is also because none of the idiots keeps to the right periods. Here in DL everyone does what they want, a huge chaos and QRM.

FT8 is ok when the signals are close to the noise floor or even below, when SSB stops working and in CW it's very difficult to decode anything with the brain. But it is utter nonsense to use FT8 if there are fat signals like ES. But many prefer to use the mouse rather than their brains.

Now bombard me with rotten tomatoes.
DL1YAW, Peter - JO41DX
Rig:
500w/17ele
Log:
08:05 R3KBF KO91PO SSB
08:13 RA3QPY KO91MU SSB
Comment:
Hello! First opening for me in 2019 . Good signals for about 30min in SSB. Many calls copied with super signals on 174. And so far i have nothing more to say than :

DANKE UDO , thank u , mille grazie , merci , spasibo !!!!!!!
DL2ALF, Frank - JO50IW
Rig:
IC-746 + 93l Flexa
ODX:
1921km
Log:
08:07 R2EA KO82ax - 1743km - FT8: -11/+01
08:25 RA3EL KO82ax - 1743km - FT8: +15/+16 (!)
08:39 R3PA KO93jv - 1921km - SSB - 55/55
Comment:
Very spotty opening here. Only 3 stations worked. FT8 in times of ES is a mess! Again some OMs did not care about the right period, so this ended up in a big chaos on 144.174. Super strong signals, but everybody was on FT8, result was poor activity in SSB. Moreover, I had to split my acttention between .174 and. +/- .300. Managed to catch R3PA on 144.300 though.

73 de Frank, DL2ALF
DL3JIN, Peter - JO60LX
Rig:
50W 6ele
Log:
08:07 R3PA KO93JV
Comment:
The only station I heard and worked in ssb-mode.
The opening here was short. Too short for ft8 ...
73 Peter
DL8SCQ, Ebi - JN48RV
Rig:
FT857 + 500W + Preamp + 7 Ele. ( Sparerig )
ODX:
UA4UK LO14MA 2370km
Log:
07:39 RA3LE KO82
08:11 UA4UK LO14
Comment:
All QSOs in FT8 .
It seems that some DL Operators using a FT8 software who include only TX FIRST .... difficult to work DX with weak signals who txing 95% also first .... so please let us all be winners and TX second if any Es or Tropo is ongoing !
Vy 73 and good DX
Ebi
DL8SCQ
DM7RM, Ralf - JN49PM
Rig:
IC9700 100wtts 5el. DK7ZB
ODX:
R3PA 2073km
Log:
08:10 R3PA KO93JV SSB
Comment:
Hrd FT8:
7:23 RA3EL KO82
7:25 RA3W KO81
7:30 R5WM KO72
8:04 RA3RF LO03
8:36 R3PG KO84

No addional comments, 73's, Ralf
ES8JX, Eerik - KO28LM
Rig:
IC-970D
ODX:
1681
Log:
08:33 LZ6Z KN13PK
F4VPC, Kelvin - IN87VV
Rig:
TR144pro 18el M2
ODX:
2495 km
Log:
14;28 EA8TJ IL18rj 2495km
14:30 EA8DBM IL18oh 2414km
Comment:
Very happy to get 1st EA8's in log from this qth, 5min opening stable with little qsb.

Thanks to both for qso's.
73 Kelvin
OK1IN, Petr - JO60XE
Rig:
FT-847
ODX:
R3PG
Log:
08:16 R3PG KO84UJ
Comment:
Start Es - only one QSO, center of cloud moved to KO23
OK1ZHS/P, Jan - JO70QM
Rig:
TR-751A, 25W at 2 el. DK7ZB
ODX:
RW3VM 1603 km
Log:
08:17 RW3VM KO94DI # 59 59
Comment:
I was in QTH of my mother-in-law. I couldn't be on the hill due to illness of my son. Hence, my ant was installed on the balcony with no free view to UA3. RW3VM was audible about 40 s.
ON6NL, Anton - JO21UE
Rig:
IC7610+transverter 100W
Log:
08:18 UA3QC KO91 FT8 hrd -11
08:25 R3KBF KO91 FT8 hrd +00
08:25 UA3QHF KO91 FT8 hrd -10
Comment:
It's not the mode that makes the miles!
Monitored .174 and .300 in parallel. Nothing on .300 and only some weak signals from over 2300 km on FT8 but not workable. Just 100 km too far West?
Disappointing Es season for me until now.
OZ1BEF, Dan - JO46OE
Rig:
IC756PRO3+ transv + Lna 1kw 2x12 elm dk7zb
ODX:
RA6DE KN96DQ 2258 KM
Log:
07:41 RK7N KN97KG FT8 2254 KM
08:14 US5EII KN96CP FT8 1953 KM
08.19 R6DZ KN96CP USB 2256 KM
08:20 UZ2HZ KN69RA USB 1813 KM
08:35 UR3EE KN88DC USB 2043 KM
08:36 US4IEK KN87UX USB 2136 KM
08:39 RA6DE KN96DQ USB 2258 KM
08:42 US6IEW KN98FA USB 2179 KM
08:52 UX5HH KN79AN FT8 1814 KM
Comment:
FIRST ES 2019 for me :
ES started early on 6m.
first call on screen 144mhz in FT8 RK7N 07:30 but very sporadic
after a coupel of qsos on ft8 moved to 144.300 USB
luckily there was good activity on ssb it is after all easier to wind up qso in the good old way
Tnx fr. qsos
Vy 73s de OZ1BEF Dan
OZ7UV, Svend - JO65DH
Rig:
Elecraft K3, TR144 H +40, 11 el LFA, 400 W
ODX:
2046
Log:
08:15 UA6LJV KN98le SSB 2046 km
Comment:
1. opening here this year - very short.
PA3EAP, Geert - JO32FO
Rig:
ICOM IC-7100
ODX:
RN3QR-LO00BK
Log:
Date:16-06-2019
Time 08:24 utc
Distans 2320 km.
Trx ic-71oo
Ant. 16 elm. yagi
Comment:
Ant. 16elm.yagi 16mtr.
Output TRX-50 Watt.
Very short E. Sporadic.
Distant-2320 km.
73es Geert-pa3eap.
PA3FYC, Jos - JO31AF
Rig:
TS-790E 2x20elm. 400watt
ODX:
2260
Log:
08:16 RA3QPY 144.305 SSB 59 from KO91 2260 Km
08:32 R5WM 144.174 FT8 -23 from KO72
PD0HCV, Gert - JO31FW
Rig:
Icom ic-910
ODX:
RN3QRY
Log:
16/06/2019 08:05 RX3QFM KO91FM 5-7 2 m. FT8 ES 2186
16/06/2019 08:16 R5WW KO81BQ 5-7 2 m. FT8 ES 2025
16/06/2019 08:16 RN3QRY KO91OH 5-7 2 m. FT8 ES 2242
16/06/2019 08:36 R3KBF KO91PO 5-7 2 m. FT8 ES 2240
16/06/2019 08:39 UA3QC KO91OJ 5-7 2 m. FT8 ES 2240
Comment:
NICE OPENING ,worked only in ft8
R3PA, Victor P. - KO93JV
Rig:
IC-970D
ODX:
2120 KM
Log:
OK1TEH
DL3JIN
DL5IAU
OK1FD
DF2AJ
DM7RM
DL5NEB
OK5YA
DL2JCD
DK5OX
DB7MM/P
DG0JMB
DL1NEO
DL9NDA
DL2ALF
R3PA, Victor P. - KO93JV
Rig:
IC-970D
ODX:
2120 KM
Log:
07:39 OK1TEH JO70
08:07 DL3JIN JO60
08:08 DL5IAU
08:09 OK1FD JO60
08:09 DF2AJ JN48
08:10 DM7RM JN49
08:11 DL5NEB JN59
08:13 OK5YA JN69
08:13 DL2JCD JO60
08:14 DL5OX JN59
08:15 DB7MM/P JN59
08:16 DG0JMB JO60
08:17 DL9NDA JO50
08:38 DL2ALF JO50IW
Comment:
My first Es in this year .
RW3VM, Alex - KO94DI
Rig:
FT-897, 100 Watt
Log:
08.11 OK1TEH 59
08.13 DF8IJ 59
08.14 DK5YA 59
08.15 DF1NP 59
08.16 OK1ZHS/P 59
08.23 DL1SGH 59
08.24 DL9LBH 59
Comment:
All contact by SSB.
I am from job in KO94DI.
Sorry, but have not more time.
73, de Alex.
SM6CEN, Hakan - JO67AJ
Rig:
400W to 9el LFA
Log:
Came on late. Only QRV on 144300+/-SSB/CW part of the band
08.31 UR8GZ KN66RT 1862
08:32 US0GB KN67UA 1858
08:35 UT2EM KN67QV 1771
08:36 UR3EE KN88DC 1914
08:42 UR0GE KN66RT 1862
08:47 UY7QI hrd on CW
08:47 US5QEQ KN77MJ 1899
08;48 UT1CZ KN59PK 1543
YO4FYQ, CLAUDIU - KN44FD
Rig:
FT-1000MP+TRV 28-144 10el
ODX:
SM4BDQ
Log:
07:33 SM4BDQ JP80FG 1965 Km
Comment:
Copy only 2min.