My radio QTH is a former SWW water pumping station some 450 feet ASL...
I'm using a resilient Icom IC-260E or Icom IC-251E and Microset SR200 with old clip on cpu fan, works a treat! Antenna a yagi CQM10DX/WA10XX designed/built by me!...
01-01-2020... Tropo conditions for several days now have been outstanding, QRP beacon ED8ZAA (Canary Islands) on 144.485MHz reached S9+20dB for hours on end... Meanwhile ED1ZAG beacon on 144.402MHz was end stop!
Living close to the Atlantic Ocean (IO70ST) and Bude (North Coast) can be quite a challenge at times during extreme weather events! Yet sometimes we have excellent Tropo and then hearing the D4C Beacon (Cape Verde) at S7/8 at more than 4100Km distance!...
A long time ago on 6th July 1998 at around 13.00 UTC I was able to copy the QRO VE1SMU/H beacon (FN84), some 4250Km distant. The weak and slowly fading in/out signal was audible for some time (twenty minutes or so) suggesting Tropo. Despite calling on the telephone several Canadian stations no one was available to try for a QSO. A year later VE1SMU/H closed down!
My own personal enjoyment in the hobby comes from actually talking with and hearing DX stations voices. When it comes to very weak signals especially during Aurora then CW is King! When the going gets tuff FT8 NBG, all the real DX is worked with SSB/CW!!!
My QRZ page is here... https://www.qrz.com/db/g4cqm
Some of my radio equipment is for sale!
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73, Derek Hilleard G4CQM
P.S. Due to ongoing health problems I'm not able to get on air as much as I would like to!