The UrbanBeam up 50′
I found a source of AB-577 extension tubes so will get 3 or 4. I’ve been researching 2 element 40M yagi’s – only because if my UrbanBeam ever goes belly up – my next antenna would most likely be one of the JK 2 element 40M antennas. I have found less expensive models, but I feel that the JK has the best “bang for the buck”. The M2 offering has a really great looking set of coils – but its pretty pricey.
Its been interesting monitoring 40M every day – I do hear European stations every night – but I haven’t heard any ZS stations in a long while. I do see some occasional spots for ZS6CCY at 0440-ish and that lines up with the best time for the West Coast in the Summer. I need to pay more attention – I guess I’ve been involved with too many other things these days.
An interesting NASA plot that seems to suggest that we might have already hit rock bottom sunspot cycle wise
The monthly NOAA plot – also seems to suggest we might have already “turned the corner” on Cycle 24 bottom to Cycle 25 ramp up
Its hard to tell, and we only ever know where the sunspot cycle is after the fact – (and several years after the fact), but 2018 did feel like the bottom of the cycle is many ways – although it has seemed that there have been more sunspots this time around than back in 2008 or so. I’m sure this is wishful thinking – but in many ways it doesn’t matter this time around since I only have interest in 3Y0I – which I hope can happen this November – but so far its proven to be impossible to activate Bouvet – and Glorioso is even a more dire situation.
Thinking of that – I believe that maybe my starting DXCC chasing in 2001 might have already been “too late” as far as getting to DXCC HR #1, and I’m wondering if even DXCC HR would be impossible if someone started chasing DXCC HR today. It just seems like there are too many entities that are off limits – either due to access or cost, or both.
DXCC is starting to really feel like an anachronism to me.
I started wondering about the size of the DX market – is it still healthy? It seems like many top gun DXers that I remember from 2001 are now SK – some of the real “icons” of DXing are now gone – and many others have retired from DXpeditioning. I don’t see as many filling the gap – and since 2016, the DXpedition calendar has been as quiet and boring as I can remember.