Dear LF Group,
Thanks again for the reports on the Jason beacon signal last night - there
was less QRN, but I guess propagation across the pond is still down. It was
the same story in previous years; not a squeak for weeks on end, then
suddenly wonderful conditions for a few days.
I was QRV using QRSS earlier today, and was quite amazed by DF6NM's "SSTV"
- see the attachment. Luckily, SpecLab was already set up just right to
catch it, although I hope Markus isn't really that colour!
I monitored the antenna resistance while transmitting the Jason signal last
night - there was a hard frost, and by the end of the night, the loss
resistance had fallen to 26 ohms, compared to 45 ohms during the rain a
week or so ago. Unfortunately, the ice seems to have thawed now, requiring
me to use more kWh to radiate the same signal.
I will run the Jason beacon again tonight, in the hope that propagation
must improve sometime. If you find that the QRSS60 stations are coming in
at good strengths, then try taking a look at 137.5025kHz - as usual, any
reports very welcome.
Cheers, Jim Moritz
73 de M0BMU