Re : Propagation or lack of use
- Interesting to read all the differing comments about reception in different parts of the US. The large number of calls which Tim Browning heard in 2.75 hrs I reduced down to 27 different operators, which means that there were not 150 stations on the band !
If conditions are similar to those in the UK I think it will be noticed that there is a "footprint" effect and stations within the "footprint" will hear activity that those out of it will not detect. It happens all the time, there are often stations in near Europe in conversation with stations "invisible" to me. I recall many years ago on 12 metres when I used to chat to a station in Washington state, another station 30 miles away, who I could always hear on groundwave, said he couldn't hear the US station.
Most users of 30 metres are using similar wire antenna's so the advantage of a 70 ft mast and a big yagi over a humble vertical or dipole doesn't apply on 30 metres. Perhaps the only advantage is height of the antenna so of course the one with the higher wire often hears more.
Another effect I've observed is having made a contact in Boston FN42 the next contact was in FN33 and the next FN14 and the connection ? They were all generally in a line, which made me wonder was this following the sun or was it a long "footprint" or a moving ionised cloud way up there ?
How many times have you watched the almost empty screen totally unaware that there are dozens of stations which only appear for seconds, some for a few minutes, and then vanish into the ether. That's why some people say they contacted some rare stations which nobdy else saw or heard because they were here and gone within 90 seconds ! They sit watching for longer than everybody else !
Bands have not been good the last couple of days, but it was an improvement on Sunday. I was listening to a portable station 40 miles away in Derbyshire using a mobile antenna on 15 metres chatting to a station in Olympia, WA or OR, I can't remember. I haven't done that for a long time.
Kind regards, Mel G0GQK