As you already know – I usually do ZS tests at night for the short path – always on 40M. Tonight I was able to hear E51DOM/MM (in Cape Town) sending CW at 0430z and he was loud enough to make a QSO (if I were running more the 100 watts that I am). Dom was only running 150 watts into a makeshift antenna – so just hearing him was really a good sign. I barely heard him though on SSB.
Andre, V51B then transmitted and was S5 – 9 on SSB – there was deep QSB, but I coud hear Andre Q5 most of the time. He also heard my 100 watts to my DXE phased vertical array – and while he said I was only 5 5 – he was surprised that we could have a decent QSO.
Its times like this when I am so thankful I have the DXE DV-40-P. I love “value” and “bang for the buck”, and the DXE phased vertical arrays – for a small lot is king.
Of course, when 3Y0I is on the air – I will be running 1000 watts. But since the real test is if you can hear them – then I am pleased that I did hear everyone in ZS and V51 tonight. I do expect that propagation to 3Y0I will be similar.
And 0430z is a magical time to remember.