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Just worked my best tropo DX ( after 40+ years ) on 2M, IO70ic to EA8, 2600kms.
Well chuffed, bring on D3

100W, 7 Ele


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G8GGP wrote:
Just worked my best tropo DX ( after 40+ years ) on 2M, IO70ic to EA8, 2600kms.
Well chuffed, bring on D3

100W, 7 Ele


Or maybe D4 :-)

Congrats :good:

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The biggest problem with D4 is getting someone on.

Dave G7RAU spotted the beacon at 59++ earlier

Needless to say this side of Dartmoor there's an uncanny silence towards EA8 which is par for the course when you guys in IO70 are working them like shelling peas :)


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Sorry D4, Dave is getting stuff far stronger than me. Haven’t heard the D4 beacon as yet but I think an early start in the morning is called for...


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Worked another couple of EA8’s this morning, the beacons are still audible at 1130 local. According to Dave, D4 will be active this evening on CW, 144.300 +/-


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Excellent well done, I've not worked EA8 on tropo from here but have heard one of the CT3 2m beacons in the past, can't remember which one. Are you copying anything from CT3?

Must have a look down that way later but it's quite hard from inland here, although I do get the northern Spanish beacons in fairly regularly.


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Its all getting rather exciting.

Chris GM4ZJI is working into EA8 and can hear the D4 beacon,someone is going to be QRV from D4 this evening from the beacon site,fingers crossed conditions stay as they are :D


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Well that's the IARU Region 1 2M Tropo record broken..... :D


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Was a good day, worked 14 EA8’s ( didn’t know there were that many on), heard the D4 but didn’t manage the QSO, the duct just didn’t get to me, Dave RAU was hearing him at 5/9, only just detectable 8 miles inland.
See what today brings


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Well that's the IARU Region 1 2M Tropo record broken..... :D


Who broke it - was it the D4 and someone in the UK?

Condx have been up but not to the extent you guys are getting, heard an EA2 yesterday and worked into northern France this morning. Annoying as 3 days ago I was in IO80BF with a clear take-off to the SW looking over the cliff from the holiday cottage :banghead:


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g4rra wrote:
Well that's the IARU Region 1 2M Tropo record broken..... :D


Who broke it - was it the D4 and someone in the UK?

Condx have been up but not to the extent you guys are getting, heard an EA2 yesterday and worked into northern France this morning. Annoying as 3 days ago I was in IO80BF with a clear take-off to the SW looking over the cliff from the holiday cottage :banghead:

EI3KD I think, broke the 4000K record.


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g4rra wrote:
Well that's the IARU Region 1 2M Tropo record broken..... :D


Who broke it - was it the D4 and someone in the UK?

Condx have been up but not to the extent you guys are getting, heard an EA2 yesterday and worked into northern France this morning. Annoying as 3 days ago I was in IO80BF with a clear take-off to the SW looking over the cliff from the holiday cottage :banghead:


Yes D44Z to EI4KD, there is talk of the D4 beacon being heard in GM!.
It seems to be still good today.


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Yes D44Z to EI4KD, there is talk of the D4 beacon being heard in GM!.


05/08/18 at 16:40 GM4ZJI 144463 D4C/B


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Chris spotted that but had a dyslexic moment with the freq,its 144.436.

I hung around until late last night hoping the duct would strengthen,and it did but I never did hear D4Z or the beacon,and although the ED8ZAA beacon suddenly appeared I didnt hear any more EA8s,the only 2 heard here were EA8AVI and EA8TJ.
This morning its all gone from here,can't even hear ED1ZAG but I heard Tim G4LOH working EA8 at 59+ so its obviously still open from down there.

Full credit to the D4C team and especially EA8FF who got on a plane,flew to D4 and then raced up the mountain to catch the conditions.


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ED1YCA and ED1ZAG still audiable here but significantly weaker than last night. Soon be back to listening to white noise until the next opening!


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