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23. July 2019

Startet with light ES to SV/LZ and at the late afternoon a big ES to EA and D4. DK5AI made a QSO with D41CV with a new Region 1 record distance 4996km.




9H1TX, DAVID - JM75FU
Rig:
IC 9700
ODX:
G4DHF 2210
Log:
3/07/2019 15:44 G4FUF JO01 59 59 SSB 2041+-
23/07/2019 15:48 G1NOX JO01BL 59 59 SSB 2076
23/07/2019 15:49 G4YKQ IO91NQ 59 59 SSB 2138
23/07/2019 16:00 MØFCD JO00DW 59 59 SSB 2022
23/07/2019 16:00 G4MCU JO01HO 59 59 SSB 2066
23/07/2019 16:06 G8HGN JO01FG 59 59 SSB 2044
23/07/2019 16:08 G4DHF IO92TS 59 59 SSB 2210
24/07/2019 12:35 EA3DBJ JN00BR 59 59 SSB 1361
Comment:
First time qsos with the IC 9700.
73s gl
CT1BYM, Miguel - IM68BN
Rig:
TS2000X, 6+6 ele Xpol LFA, GS35b QRO
Log:
15:10 DG1KDD JO31le
15:24 OQ9A JO21ih
15:26 PA0JMV JO21pl
15:31 DF2ZC JO30rn
15:34 DL5EB JO31nh
15:36 PA4VHF JO32eh
15:39 DF8JO JO30sn
15:40 DF8JO JO30sn
16:07 EA8AQV IL28ed
16:14 G8HGN JO01fo
16:15 G4SWX JO02rf
16:22 G4FUF JO01gn
16:27 IZ5CBM JN52ns
16:31 EA7AFM IM66ts
16:38 IU4CHE JN64gb
16:58 IS0FWY JN40mg
17:05 M0MST IO82qj
17:07 GW0KZG IO71lw
Comment:
My first FT8 Es on 144MHz. Very fast QSB, signals very unstable, Sometimes it seems that was a mix between Es, Tr and Ms...

It was a lot of fun, nice to meet some old friends on the bands !!

73, Miguel
CT1BYM
DF2ZC, Bernd - JO30RN
Rig:
TS2000 + 2xLDMOS + MGF1302 + 4x18 ele M2 21dBd
ODX:
4724 km D41CV hrd, 4203 km EA8DB
Log:
1509 CT7ABP IM58MR +01 R+09 1840 km
1513 EA1AXX IN73XI +01 R-01 1182 km
1516 EA8CXN IL18SK -08 R+18 3174 km
1518 EA8TJ IL18RJ -04 R-10 3182 km
1521 CT1HMN IM58NN -04 R+03 1850 km
1530 CT1BYM IM68BN +04 R+07 1797 km
1534 EA8DBM IL18OH +00 R+00 3203 km
1540 D41CV HK76MU -22 --- 4724 km NC
Comment:
What a wonderful opening. Only an hour before the start I was joking with fellow hams that we'd soon work EA8 and D4 today. In fact this could have become 100% true if my QSO with D41CV would have been completed. When he called me I immediately came back with reports but no further signal from Cabo Verde. Later in psk reporter I saw he had even copied my CQ some 10 mins earlier so maybe a QRM issue on .174. What a big xxxxxx!

We must find a solution untangling the FT8 traffic on .174 as it is only chaotic particularly in ES openings. However, FT8 had its advantages: Two of the EA8s would have probably not been worked because the signal was too little for SSB. But with standard distance QSOs SSB is much more efficient!

73 Bernd DF2ZC
DG1KDD, Dirk - JO31LE
Rig:
2x14el
ODX:
EA8DBM 3222km
Log:
CT1FJW IM58KT 1877km 2x14 x
EA8DBM IL18OH 3222km 2x14 x
CT1HMN IM58NN 1869km 2x14
CT7ABP IM58MR 1858km 2x14
EA4LU IM68tv 1715km x
DK5AI, Wolf - JO51GO
Rig:
K3, Trxv, SSPA, 14 el Yagi 3m agl
ODX:
4.966 km
Log:
15:05 CT1FJW IM58KT +00 +02 FT8 2084 km
15:07 CT1BXT IM59PF +02 -12 FT8 2025 km
15:09 CT7ABP IM58MR -04 +09 FT8 2082 km
15:11 D41CV HK76MU -16 -06 FT8 4966 km
15:12 EA1AXX IN73MM +00 +00 FT8 1464 km
15:13 CT1HMN IM58NN +02 +17 FT8 2091 km
15:17 EA8CXN IL18SK -20 -22 FT8 3413 km
15:17 EA8DBM IL18OH -20 -22 FT8 3442 km
15:22 CT1DIZ IM58KP 59 59 SSB 2098 km
15:22 EA1MX IN73XK 59 59 SSB 1418 km
15:24 EA1UU IN83GJ 59 59 SSB 1388 km
15:33 CT7ABA IN60GD -03 -07 FT8 1878 km
15:37 EA1UU IN83GJ -13 -07 FT8 1388 km
Comment:
My fourth ES opening this year and it looks like I was in the right place at the right time. The band opened at 15:05 UT and last signals were heard at 15:43 UT.

I had always dreamed of a QSO to EA8 via ES, but today it got so much better. I could not believe my eyes when D41CV called me in FT8, distance incredible 4.966 km !!! Fifteen seconds can be endless and I think I was close to a heart attack, but the opening was stable and it was enough to complete the QSO. The signal from D41CV was heard for about 4 minutes.

Unfortunately the activity in SSB was again very low, only 3 EA stations were heard and worked, nobody in CW or FM.

But not worked: CT1BYM -9 / EA1HRR -6 / EA8TJ -7

73 Wolf DK5AI
DL1KDA, Alex - JO30EP
Rig:
4x9XPOL - Flexradio 6600 - TR144H - 700W
ODX:
EA8DBM 3154 km
Log:
15:08 EA8TJ IL18RJ 3133 km
15:19 EA8DBM IL18OH 3154 km
17:51 EA7ITL IM66WK 1868 km
18:00 EA7JLM IM66WK 1868 km
Comment:
All listed stations were worked or seen on FT8. I monitored most time the SSB band but did not see a trace. I focused to see and work D41CV. At least i had one decode of them : 190723_150900 144.174 Rx FT8 -14 0.8 1002 DK5AI D41CV HK76

Thats the reason i did not work many of the EA and CT stations i got in my RX windows of WSJT-X. A pity i did not made the QSO with D4 but congratulations to Wolf DK5AI (and anyone else of course) who worked them!

At the moment i got that decode from D41CV my blood pressure was dangerously high :-)

Station i hrd but not wkd:
CN8LI IM63
CT1BXT IM59
CT1BYM IM68
CT1END IM58
CT1FJW IM58
CT1HMN IM58
CT1HZE IM58
C1IWW IN51
CT7ABA IN60
CT7ABP IM58
D41CV HK76
EA1AAX IN73 (Tropo ?)
EA1HRR IN83 (Tropo ?)
EA1UU IN83 (Tropo ?)
EA4LU IM68
EA7SL IM76
EA8CXN IL18
DL1RNW, Ron - JO62HG
Rig:
TS200, 4x10 elY, HLV1000
ODX:
EA8DBM 3600km
Log:
15:06 CT1FJW IM58kt
15:10 CT1BXT IM59pf
15:18 EA8DBM IL18oh
15:22 CT7ABA IN60
15:32 CT7ABP IM58
Comment:
Nice ES with a new ODX for me.
73s Ron DL1RNW
DL1YAW, Pete - JO41DX
Rig:
500w/17ele.
Log:
15:14 CT1HZE IM57NH
15:27 EA4LU IM68TV
15:34 EA4AK??? not complete
Comment:
Moin!
Suddenly from nothing to a good opening........but it seem´s that only FT8
is the way.......monitoring (only!) 174 .....i saw several station from EA8.....
CT.......EA4-7.......begging for contacts......PSE USE UR KEY/MIC !!!

Almost a very good opening.....much more contacts could have been...cu.....


73´s Pete
DL3JIN, Peter - JO60LX
Rig:
50W 6ele
Log:
15:16 EA1MX IN73XK
Comment:
Many QSB.
Tnx for QSO in SSB mode.
DL8SCQ, Ebi - JN48RV
Rig:
TS2000 500 Watt 2 x 8 DJ9BV
ODX:
EA8DBM IL18OH 3201 KM
Log:
15:10 EA1FBU IN52QG
15:16 EA1NL IN52PJ
15:19 EA1YV IN52EC
18:12 EA4EJR IM68KQ
18:19 EA8DBM IL18OH
Comment:
Again no station in SSB or CW heard. All qsos via FT8
DM2ECM, Detlef - JO62GJ
Rig:
TS2000X+HLV750+11 el. F9FT
ODX:
CT1FJW 2243km
Log:
15:28 CT1BXT IM59PF
15:31 CT7ABA IN60GD
15:40 CT1FJW IM58KT
hrd: EA8DBM
wkd with 10W on 4m:
14:29 EA8DBM IL18OH
16:28 CT1BXT IM59PF
16:54 EA6SX JM19IK
Comment:
My first Es on 2m in 2019!
All QSO's in FT8..........

vy73, Detlef
EA7ITL, Sergio - IM66WK
Rig:
kenwood TS-2000 + Cushcraft 13b2+ SSB electronic sp-2000 + 50 W
ODX:
PA5Y 1.931 KM
Log:
16:14 MW1BAJ IO71 FT8
16:17 G4RRA IO80 FT8
16:36 CT1HZE IM 75 FT8
16:39 GW0KZG IO71 FT8
16:40 GW1JFV IO71 FT8
16:48 CN8LI IM63 FT8
16:55 G4LOH IO70 FT8
17:01 EI3KD IO51 FT8
17:08 G4DML JO02 FT8
17:09 G4SWX JO02 FT8
17:10 G4CDN JO02 FT8
17:13 M1BXF JO02 FT8
17:17 G4DHF IO92 FT8
17:20 EA5SE IM98 FT8
17:51 G4FUF JO01 FT8
17:52 DL1KDA JO30 FT8
17:53 G4DFI IO91 FT8
18:07 DL9EAJ JO31 FT8
18:10 PA3CMC JO21 FT8
18:12 PA5Y JO21 FT8
18:12 F6DHA JN19 FT8
18:16 PA0JMV JO21 FT8
18:34 DF7IW JN39 FT8
18:39 EC7ZR IM77 FT8
Comment:
A very rare sporadic some good moments and others very bad much qsb in band and the signals disappeared completely
F4EZJ, Stef - JN05DK
Rig:
7300+XVRT+3 X 8 ELE
ODX:
2425 kms
Log:
15:36 IU8HRV JN70MF 59 59 SSB 1332
15:37 SV8PEX JM99VR 59 59 SSB 1712
16:44 EA8DBM IL18OH FT8 2425
17:29 CT3HF IM12OP FT8 2061
F6EAS, Pascal - IN98LV
Rig:
SDR + Khune TR144 pro + 250W , Ant 17B2
ODX:
EA8CTK 2657KM
Log:
16:42 EA8AQV IL28ED FT8
16:50 EA8DBM IL18OH FT8
16:56 CT1HMN IM58NN FT8
17:04 EA8CTK IL18NI USB
17:05 EA8AVI IL28FC USB
17:08 CT1DIZ IM58KP USB
17:11 EB8BRZ IL28HA USB
17:17 EA8AVI IL28FC USB
Comment:
RX ED8ZAA /B 599 at 16:45 to 17:30 and after at 20:15 to 20:45 529 signal on Tropo
RX D41CV -12 on FT8
G0CHE, Kev - IO90PS
Rig:
FT-817 + PA
ODX:
2839
Log:
HEARD:
1606 EA7HLB IM76
1613 CT1BYM IM68
1649 CI1BXT IM59
1652 CT7ABP IM58
1724 CT1HZE IM57
1726 CT1END IM58
1727 CT1HMN IM58
1821 EA7ITL IM66

WORKED:
16:58 EA8DBM IL18OH
Comment:
Thrilled to work Alex EA8DBM IL18oh considering using only 50W and tri-band vertical!

Most stations heard were copied more than once especially CT1HZE who was in for long time with very big signal at times - no qso though.
G4DHF, David - IO92UU
Rig:
IC-7610 DB6NT SSPA 400W 4x9 (G4DHF) Yagi
ODX:
9H1TX 2215Km
Log:
16:08 9H1TX JM75FU 2215Km SSB
16:58 CT1HZE IM57NH 1852Km FT8
17:11 EA7HLB IM76OP 1836Km “
17:16 EA7SL IM76HE 1895Km “
17:17 EA7ITL IM66WK 1881Km “
Comment:
FT8 has the potential to democratise working VHF DX. Great! This works when people are educated but all too often, they see dx callsigns appearing on the PC screens and just call, call and call ad infinitum, without ever stopping to evaluate the rapidly changing nature of propagation ‘Periods’ don’t matter on HF, but they are necessary on VHF. It only takes one local to cause havoc in the ‘wrong period’. This mode has brought many to VHF, but they are often failing to understand, learn or adapt before they activate the auto-sequence. There appears to be some arrogance because they are using the PC program with an HF mindset with little consideration of the context in which it is being used. Others are now looking at our wonderful VHF resource with a view to taking some of it away,
perhaps? What are they seeing?

I was on the edge in this opening with all signals being quite weak.

73 David G4DHF
G4SWX, John - JO02RF
Rig:
K3 transverter 8877 PA 4 X I0JXX16
ODX:
EA8DBM IL18oh 3061Km
Log:
15:12 EA3EVL JN00hr 1281Km
15:24 EA5DOM IM98wn 1526Km
16:13 CT1HZE IM57nh 1846Km
16:15 CT1BYM IM68bn 1683Km
16:51 CT1HMN IM58nn 1718Km
17:01 EA8DBM IL18oh 3061Km
17:09 EA7ITL IM66wk 1856Km
18:12 IH9YMC JM56xt 1903Km
18:23 EA7FDW IM76ws 1775Km
18:24 EC7ZR IM77uo 1688Km
18:44 CT7ABP IM58mr 1704Km
Comment:
A fun event but very few 'fish to be had' on SSB/CW despite the huge signals on FT8. 144.174MHz was full of noise and QRM from just bad operating and badly adjusted transmitters! I saw an ON station calling an EA7 for over an hour after the EA7 had vanished. There were the idiots that run in 'beacon mode' first which often trashed some of the weaker DX stations. Lastly there were the brain dead, which also happens a lot on SSB, that 'MUST' call you if you call CQ DX. These also don't give up easily leaving not much real DX to work......
G8HGN, Bob - JO01FO
Rig:
Yaesu FT-847 11 ele LFA
ODX:
EA8DBM 2960Km
Log:
16:04 9H1TX JM75FU 59 59 SSB 2038Km
16:13 CT1BYM IM68BN R+04 -06 FT8 1588Km
17:32 EA8DBM IL18OH R-04 -14 FT8 2960Km
Comment:
Path seemed better for PA/DL stations, and several hot spots. Not much else heard or decoded. Nice to work EA8 again, this time on a new mode. 73 Bob
G8JLY, Lyn - IO82WG
Rig:
FT991A, GS35B, 6 el yagi
ODX:
CT1HZE IM57NH at 1744 Km
Log:
16:55 CT1HZE IM57NH -8/-10 FT8 --- New #
Comment:
Just 1 worked on FT8 but it was a new locator so I am happy. Copied a few more EA7s also on FT8 but none were worked. Called and listened on SSB a lot but nothing heard or worked on SSB. I still cant understand when signals are strong, stations stay on FT8 - FT8 is a supposed to be a weak signal mode..
73 Lyn G8JLY
GW7SMV, Jamie - IO81LN
Rig:
IC910H 12 ele M2 400w
ODX:
CT1HZE 1661 km
Log:
17:25 CT1HZE IM57 1661 km
Comment:
missed most of the opening .
also heard EA7KP and EA5SE on FT8
way too hot in the shack !!
LZ2ZY, Rady - KN13OT
Rig:
IC746PRO
Log:
16:13 F8CH JN03PO
16:14 F2CT IN93GJ
Comment:
tnx qso
lz2zy - Rady 73
OK1SC, Jan - JO70OB
Rig:
FT847+PA300Wto PA0MS 10eY
ODX:
EA1NL 2015km
Log:
15:34 EA1NL IN52PJ CW
15:41 EA1NL IN52PJ SSB
Comment:
Hi oms, the Es here was been very short. TKS EA1NL for the two QSOs
73+GL! Jan
ON4KBE, Edgard - JO20BI
Rig:
Transverter 28/144 MHz, 80W, 10 él. DK7ZB
ODX:
CT1HZE in IM57NH
Log:
15:13 144.300 CT1HZE in IM57NH 59 59 1781 kms
Comment:
Heard EB7BKY in IM77HG.
73 de Edgard
ON4KHG, Gaëtan - JO10XO
Log:
16:49 EA8DBM IL18OH
16:58 EA8TJ IL18RJ
17:00 CT7ABP IM58MR
17:10 CT1HZE IM57NH
18:14 EA7JLM IM66WK
18:19 EA7SL IM76HE
18:20 EA7HLB IM76OP
18:24 CN8LI IM63NX
Comment:
I missed the beginning of the opening. I was cycling back home from the QRL in Brussels and when I arrived at home, I saw the SMS from Matej, OK1TEH (tnx) and the DX robot warning of the Es opening on 2m. I switched on the station and the first 2 QSO's were with EA8. All QSO's were FT8. SSB QSO's could have been made at times with EA8DBM, CN8LI and CT1HZE, not with the other stations worked. Beside what worked, seen a few more CT's and EA7's. In parallel to 144.174 FT8, my SDR was monitoring 144200 > 144.400 but not much seen. I tried also on 145.500 FM, looking for CN's when CN8LI was strongest but it was not fruitful neither.
PD0HCV/P, Gert Lovink - JO21VU
Rig:
ic 9100 Antenna 4 elem under the roof !!
ODX:
ct1hze
Log:
15:24 CT1HZE IM57NH
Comment:
5-7 2 m. SSB ES wrkd w 4 elem under the roof 1982
SV8PEX, Tom - JM99VR
Rig:
IC-9700 + PA 400 Watts Ant 2 x 14 El 7m agl 550 m asl
Log:
15:30 F4EZJ JN05 SSB
16:00 F6FIC IN96 FM
16:10 F1NNC unknown FM
Comment:
Again almost no activity in SSB or FM. But band was open for long time