2016-04-17

Sporadic E Season is Starting, Slowly, on 10m.

Yesterday and today showed Sporadic E spots on 10m WSPR.

Spots from Italy and the UK, as well as a few others popped up. The list for the last 24 hours looks like this :

17 spots:
TimestampCallMHzSNRDriftGridPwrReporterRGridkmaz
 2016-04-17 14:36  G3XBM  28.126125  -27  0  JO02dg  2  OZ9QV  JO65cp  864  60 
 2016-04-17 14:32  GM4FVM  28.126087  -11  -1  IO85wu  5  OZ9QV  JO65cp  896  86 
 2016-04-17 14:32  G0VUH  28.126040  +4  0  IO93ji  5  OZ9QV  JO65cp  901  68 
 2016-04-17 14:12  G6SSN  28.126141  -25  0  IO92tt  0.2  OZ9QV  JO65cp  875  64 
 2016-04-17 14:10  GM1MSS  28.126138  -21  4  IO85  0.2  OZ9QV  JO65cp  957  83 
 2016-04-17 14:06  DL4MFC  28.126129  -6  0  JN58qb  2  OZ9QV  JO65cp  845  4 
 2016-04-17 13:58  G4CUI  28.126069  -6  0  IO93fi  5  OZ9QV  JO65cp  922  68 
 2016-04-17 13:32  GM4EAU  28.126088  -15  -4  IO85  0.1  OZ9QV  JO65cp  957  83 
 2016-04-17 13:28  G3YFG  28.126086  -24  -1  IO83tu  0.2  OZ9QV  JO65cp  955  72 
 2016-04-17 12:42  UT7GH  28.126133  -14  0  KN66hq  5  OZ9QV  JO65cp  1727  313 
 2016-04-17 12:18  G4HBA  28.126073  -13  -1  IO93fn  5  OZ9QV  JO65cp  914  70 
 2016-04-17 11:44  IK1WVQ  28.126067  -25  0  JN44  0.5  OZ9QV  JO65cp  1263  9 
 2016-04-17 11:32  G0HVQ  28.126117  -13  -3  IO81ux  5  OZ9QV  JO65cp  1033  61 
 2016-04-17 11:30  G8VDQ  28.126035  -26  0  IO91um  5  OZ9QV  JO65cp  942  56 
 2016-04-16 18:54  PU3WSF  28.126089  -16  -1  GG40kb  5  OZ9QV  JO65cp  11242  31 
 2016-04-16 17:46  OZ3GD  28.126097  -7  0  JO65bk  5  OZ9QV  JO65cp  24  13 
 2016-04-16 17:06  OZ7IT  28.126138  -4  0  JO65df  5  OZ9QV  JO65cp  47  354
I noticed that there were reports of 6m opening with Es, as well. I am looking forward to se 6 and 4m open to my area, though the main emphasis will probably be on 10m this year.
One further step would be a transmit antenna for the WSPR transceiver. DCTL antenna, or a very short whip/dipole should do for this purpose.

An antenna, mainly for reception on 10/6/4 (including Russian TV carriers on 49.75MHz and FM transmitters in the Russian 66 - 73 MHz band) will probably get mounted soon, just a multi-wire dipole at the gable of the (big) shed.
More antennas are planned, more about that later.

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