The Magic of Top Band DX

You just never know when you’ll work the next one on 160M. Mega DX-peditions sometimes do a pretty good job, but you can’t count on working the mega’s like you can on higher bands. Marcus Island Mermaid My (next to last) 160M new one was JD1/M – Minami Torishima, an old USCG and Japanese Loran station island. Surprisingly, Minami Torishima is number 20 in…

3Y0Z and Solar Storms

While checking the path to CE – where someone has spotted him on 20M SSB, and where I usually have a major pipeline, I’m hearing him barely ESP and with a lot of noise. Here is why: This is about as bad as it can be – solar storm with a coronal hole blasting right at us and no sunspots. I can’t even hear…

Solar Cycle 24, 3Y0Z, and the Downward Trend

Wow – it seems like we are closer to the bottom of the cycle than I would have expected. Look at the wild swings we have had in the last few months. Luckily, even with zero sunspots, 40M has been a beacon to ZS and V51 on the evening short path (only West Coast path for 3Y0Z) and the morning long path. Can you…

160M #92: JG8NQJ/JD1 – Minami Torishima

This one was so ESP, I can only hope I end up in his log. This is one of those where you always hear the CQ, part of his call and a fade happens in and around the return. You hear the right “cadence”, but its not the most solid QSO’s. But this is part of Top Band. He is there for a few…

O Top Band, Where Art Thou?

I worked 2 new ones in September and October and one new one in November, so 5 since the Autumn Equinox, bringing me up to 91. But now, there just doesn’t seem to be anything listed in the ADXO list that looks promising until 3Y0Z. XW4ZW is there now, but even while I could hear a JA, no XW4ZW. I have worked a few…

3Y0Z to the West Coast on 17 and 15M

There is no doubt that you better have your antenna game on on all bands from 160 – 20M if you are on the West Coast and if you need Bouvet – 3Y0Z. In the above I plot a 66′ ladder line fed doublet up 50′ vs. my Inverted L. At first glance, the Doublet (which happens to be an extended double zepp (edz)…

Glorioso in 2020?

I don’t know if there are more than one French team that could possibly activate Glorioso, but if the team that is activating St. Brandon – 3B7 – does try to activate Glorioso (right now its #12 on the list), then it would be activated at the earliest in 2020. I say this because its nearly impossible to activate an expensive place in any…

3Y0Z Prediction

The CQ WW CW Contest has had about the worst conditions that I have seen in years. One thing I have done now for many months is call ZS6CCY who has been on my night time short path – as the best propagation predictor. Last night was the worst 40M conditions I have seen – but Bill was 59 and I was 55 and…

TO2SP: Top Band #91

I was pretty confident I’d get this one – mainly because these guys are great operators and they would be there until the end of the month. In fact, they already seem to be getting bored. now I also see many West Coast getting through. The signal was Q5, but not as loud as I would have expected. Conditions have been really weird on…

Final KY6R 2017 Top Band DXCC Sprint!

Wow we only have 6 weeks left to 2017. I didn’t get my 160M QSO with VK9MA, so lets move on and see what is next: J5T – Guinea Bissau – remarkably, I heard this superb team on Top Band, but won’t call them until later today – they were very busy with EU and the US East Coast. I do expect that when…