Band Conditions by Antony Turnbull G4CUS

Have we all recovered from the excitement of the BS7H Dxpedition to Scarborough Reef ? What a babble of voices, mine included, especially on 20mtrs. It was quite an experience to tune across 20mtrs listening to the cacophony of sound from 14.200 upwards. I wonder what it was like for the Dxpeditioners themselves.

The ‘split’ that they were using was far greater than I have heard before, and this made it difficult to know where to transmit. This is where a second receiver is almost essential. It pays to study the DX station’s operating technique before taking the plunge and calling for hours on end to no avail. For example it took me three days to crack the pile-up, mainly due to this large ‘split’, and partly because they appeared to be concentrating on North America and Japan. On the third day I decided to just listen for half an hour to the DX operator and to tune around on the second receiver for the station being worked.

In this way I concluded that he was working his way up the band slowly picking off the stations on the way.  Every now and then he would go down the band a little and then back up. By following him up and jumping ahead I managed to work BH7H first with the club call (G6HH) and then with mine a little latter. They made 45,830 QSOs. If you want to see the conditions the operators were working under go to their web site www.scarboroughreef.com

Since then the bands have quietened down a little with a sprinkling of DX here and there. Even 15 and 10mtrs have produced QSOs.

Towards the end of May 20mtrs has thought that it was 40mtrs. Short distant stations around Europe have been extremely strong, with GIs and GMs putting the S-meter hard over at times.

DX to look out for includes :-

3XY5M            (Guinea)    9U0VB             (Burundi)
A61NT             (Emirates)    C31LJ              (Andorra)
R1FJT              (Franz Josef)    SV2ASP/A       (Mount Athos)

I wonder what June will bring? Good DX to everyone.

Antony Turnbull G4CUS June 2007.

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