Sorry you were stuck in the car Chris. I was scheduled to go out but I
took at look at LiveMUF, decided things were brewing and so changed my
mind. Good decision :-)
Getting back on topic about double hop MS.
I believe the 144MHz IARU Region 1 meteor scatter distance record and
world record of 3101km is for a QSO between GW4CQT (IO81LP) and UW6MA
(KN97VE) on 12 August 1977. There have been several FSK441 over the
horizon QSOs made including the contact between Tim G4LOH and RW3PF in
2003 at 2605km.
Are any of these double hop? I guess it shouldn't be ruled out but in my
mind single-hop tropo assisted would seem to be a more probable explanation.
So Chris, when are you going to have another go at the Brendan Trophy?
:-) My money would be on Tim G4LOH making it. He has a permanent QTH in
the right place, a great station, is very experienced and can be in the
shack most days.
BTW looking at Hepburn a trans-Atlantic tropo QSO between Africa and
Cuba might be on the cards today! http://www.dxinfocentre.com/tropo_nat.html
73 Paul G4DCV
Chris Bartram wrote:
> On Wednesday 26 July 2006 23:27, G4DCV wrote:
> > But on reflection
> (pun intended???!!!)
> >I think they were single hop Es from here to south CT
> > and then into a strong CT to EA8 coastal tropo duct. Joe CT1HZE was
> > hearing the EA8s strongly on tropo and Hepburn shows very enhanced
> > conditions from CT down the west African coast to EA8.
> I'm sure that you're right about that, Paul. It's by far the most likely
> mechanism, although I've seen some 'interesting' hypotheses in other
> > So I can't see any reason why tropo enhanced MS might not also work and
> > give distances similar to that expected from double hop MS?
> It does. Ask Tim, G4LOH! I've managed to be heard by one of the EA8
> guys that
> way, although there was no QSO at the time because he was still learning
> Incidentally, I was stuck in the car on my way to a meeting this
> morning. Band
> 2 FM was a complete washout. Even local stations were being captured
> by DX.
> Vy 73
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