24 Mhz and up reception 1-7 April 2019

After a disappointing week, we are now into April and we are hopeful of seeing improvements.

Antennas / Receivers:

12m / 10m / 6m – Wellbrook Loop ALA100LN, Red Pitaya+SDRPlay RSP 1, Locator: IO83LS, Lytham.

4m – Nil – plan is to be added later

2m – 4 Element Quad, SDRPlay RSP 1, Raspberry Pi3b, Locator: IO83QV, Bowland Forest

Monday 1st April 2019

12m – Open to the mediterranean – but not much activity.

10m – IW3FZQ/B beacon audible for a short period at 1138z.

6m – IK5ACO on FT8, and others. Encouraging that FT8 opened to Italy.

2m – High activity levels, open to Paris and Germany.

Tuesday 2 April 2019 – Nothing to Report.

Wednesday 3 April 2019

12m – Southern Europe – very low activity. 6m/2m Nothing to Report.

10m – As above

Thursday 4 April 2019

10m – SK7GH/B CW beacon. LA5TEN beacon strong at 1520z:

Video: LA5TEN-2019-04-04_15.23.23

Friday 5 April 2019 – Nothing to Report. It is noted on other blogs that there were openings that I did not experience – antennas / noise floor? There is sufficient difference for investigation – which is one of the outcomes I hoped for when this period of comparative reception effort was begun some weeks ago.

Saturday 6 April 2019

12m – Europe

10m – Europe

Sunday 7 April 2019 – Nothing to Report

Conclusions – Thanks to the consistent blogging of conditions by G3XBM and EI7GL, it has become clear that my reception performance on 12m and 10m is less effective than desired.

My location hundreds of miles further North in latitude of either station is an obvious handicap. The antenna is a large aperture loop, optimised for the low bands with reduced performance in the higher HF spectrum. It is also orientated with maximum reception lobes East/West and nulls North/South – which would further hurt reception on 12m/10m where openings to the South provide the DX opportunities at this time. Daily logging will now cease – logging of events of interest will continue.

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