Thanks for the info Roelof - very interesting - obviously the ionosphere is very fickly as we all know location specific - its just been awful here :-(
I was stationed at a small hut at the end of the runway @ CFS Alert in 81 till April 82 when I was shipped off to the Falklands/Antarctica following fatalities - I think Ive got a photo of the 305kHz NDB somewhere...
I think your just crossing one sector of the Auroral oval to get to Alert etc - though very Mag dependent but I have to cross it twice to get to Eu most of the time - Certainly it was a strange location to be listening in with very low signal levels at times, but there again the s/n could be very good too - just a heck of a diode effect as I couldn't often be heard.
Im just looking at DCF39 138.83055ish at the moment - its still pre dawn here (suns up here around 1000am or so due to the mountains) and its about 15dbs below audible threshold but clear at dot 60 - at least its there -
The only dx path Im getting away with is between KL7 and KH6 just over 4000Kms on 475kHz WSPR - about an 85% Sea path down the Pacific and the sea paths really (really) help a lot as well as firing away from the Au oval - etc
Cheers and a belated happy thanksgiving to those that celebrate. Off to VE6 on Monday and Ill have the rx gear with me.
Tell me if you start hearing ICW on 525kHz about 300 miles up the road - then Ill know its open!!
Laurence KL7L etcv
> To: [email protected]
> Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2014 19:37:23 +0100
> From: [email protected]
> Subject: Re: LF: 23:54 477 VO1NA de F6CNI Op8 -21 dB F:9% in JN19QB
> Hello Laurens,
> So far T/A propagation has been about the worst I have experienced for
> However, since a week ago, I have daily reception of LT-305, Alert, CAN NU
> at 82 degrees north.
> Today I had even aural copy already around my sunset.
> I found that propagation from the north recovers often quicker than from
> lower T/A latitudes.
> It sounds weird, but it simple is what I find.
> Last night, I heard 6 NDB's from Nunavit, whilst NAVTEX on 518 kHz from
> Puorto Rico was completely absent, which is rare. An other proof of
> enhanced propagation from the north is reception of NAVTEX 518 kHz from
> Svalbard. A rare bird here, so to speak.
> Looking at the current state of propagation, reception of Joe's, VO1NA,
> OP8 signal in Europe by quite a few listeners is short of amazing!
> Roelof, PA0RDT