All Things HF: April 2019

As I’ve stated in the past, I am not a student of propagation. What I know about the sun and its mysterious spots if printed on the head of a pin, there would be space left large enough for the Bill Of Rights. What I do know is when there’s good worldwide DX, something is working right. I made good contacts into Europe, Central America and Cuba this past month. Also worked a couple of DXpeditions using CW. I have also noticed that there very few spotters to the various DX sites from zero land…what’s going on there?

Another happening is the FT-8 mode being spotted more than DX on SSB. This mode seems to be getting a good percentage of the available worldwide DX contacts. I know nothing about FT-8 but I’m guessing it operates on a very narrow bandwidth like CW. Anyway, I enjoyed operating this month on both CW and phone as there was lots of good signals out there. Its been noted by the pundits that the polarity of the sunspots indicates we’re still in cycle 24.

Another attempt to set-up a DXpedition on Bouvet was aborted due to storm damage to the chartered ship carrying the operators and their equipment to the remote Island. Both the radar and satellite communications systems were damaged by 30 foot seas making navigation an issue. They returned to home port without further damage. Are we ever going to get Bouvet into our logs?

Spring has arrived, most of our heavy winter snow has melted and there are many DXpeditions scheduled for the next 6-8 months so you can bet I’ll be in the pileups trying for an allusive ATNO in my quest for honor roll. That’s about it for now as I look forward to some sunshine along with good band conditions for all of us. Remember to activate your stations, call CQ because as always, someone out there is listening for your call so don’t disappoint them. So long from my station in Huntersville to your station wherever it may be…

Best 73 es gud DX from Bob WØZPE

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