Been too busy to post weekend reports recently, but I have spent some
time on 73kHz, and have made more QSOs in the last few weeks than in
the first two years of the band being available (reason is greatly
improved stations all round and new interest from mainland Eu).
Last two weeks in March
Inband normal CW QSOs with M0BMU, G3LDO, G3XTZ, G4GVC.
Crossband QRSs contacts (73/136) with ON4ZK and PA0SE.
Saw my QRSs signals on a Spectrogram sent to M0BMU by IK5ZPV.
This is 1199km.
Saturday 02 April
Decca transmissions at the bottom of the band due to cease but they did
not. (Thanks, Walter for the explanation).
QRSs sked on 73kHz band with IK5ZPV (on 136kHz). After several
attempts, a good signal from Valerio gave me a 'T' report but he did not
see my reply. In an e-mail he reported bad storms in Italy, and more
forecast for tomorrow.
Also heard G4GVC (579) and G2AJV (559) on 73kHz.
Sunday 02 April
Another 73kHz sked with IK5ZPV but no reply.
Heard G3YXM on 73kHz.
On 136kHz worked DF8ZR. Exchanged 'O'/'O' reports. He was using
DFCW (VCW) and this was my first QSO with someone using this mode.
Although he was inaudible, his VCW transmission was fully copiable
and much faster than my standard QRSs. It was a bit more difficult to
decipher - I had to write down each letter - and was more prone to
bumping into a Loran sideband. Distance was 666km.
Mike, G3XDV (IO91VT)