The DX Gulch

It’s almost as if a switch was thrown right as 3Y0Z met their demise – that this Solar Cycle totally hit the skids. Since making DXCC on Top Band in or around February / March, the only notable QSO that I’ve had this year was with KH7Z/KH1 on Top Band. (Geez how did these guys get such a turkey of a call when the…

Bottom of Cycle 24 . . . and 3Y0I News

Well, interestingly enough (irony?) the cycle dropped into “sustained Zero” territory pretty much just after 3Y0Z met their demise. On another note – I emailed Dom regarding 3Y0I – and asked him if he had shipped his gear to Cape Town, and he said “Yes, a while ago”. Fingers crossed – but all this year – and especially after 3Y0Z, I realize working Bouvet…

R.I.P. Cycle 24

Conditions this summer remind me of the two years centered on 2008 where even 20M barely opened. The good news? This seems to be hitting sooner than anticipated. We might even get lucky and get a fast turnaround to the start of Cycle 25. I’ve seen some early prognostication that Cycle 25 will be the same as Cycle 24, which is an improvement over…

Cycle 24: Bottoms Up

I could tell today that we are getting close to the bottom of the cycle, but not quite. I heard a ZL station on 15M and also on 17M. Very weak, but easy to copy on the 7610. The telltale sign will be that even 20M sounds dead or only has local communication going on. Today 20M definitely sounded that way, so I was surprised…