After watching the cluster on and off at work, I realized that the tropo had extended into a second day, but moving more to the South. After doing my domestic jobs at home I got back on the bands, this time looking at 2m. There were plenty of DLs around at 600Km and I spent a bit of time on the key, yielding two OKs both in a new square (#183). My 2m QSOs are mapped below.
I also spent some time on 70cm, but didn’t hear much. I CQ’d for about 20 minutes but only worked DB6NT in JO50 with his typical rock crunching signal.
There has been some high pressure over the UK for the last few days and I suspected that this evening's 432 UKAC would be blessed with some good conditions. I wasn't wrong and managed to work several OZs and one SM. Pretty good going as my amp isn't working right now so I had 50W and mmy 18 element yagi. GU6EFB and MW6OXO were both active from squares that would be new for me on 70cm, but nothing was heard from either of them - they are my worst directions!
I did work the following stations though
13/03/2012 21:05 SK7MW JO65MJ 59 10 559 140 70 cm. SSB 963Km
13/03/2012 21:01 OZ9KY JO45VX 59 9 57 144 70 cm. SSB 808Km
13/03/2012 20:58 OZ9PZ JO46LC 53 8 53 64 70 cm. SSB 773Km
13/03/2012 20:45 OZ1DLD/P JO45SK 55 1 56 88 70 cm. SSB 764Km
13/03/2012 22:04 F8BRK IN99VF 55 17 57 102 70 cm. SSB 269Km
were my best QSOs... Let's hope there is more to come
A few notes on recent radio activity by Steve, M0BPQ.