Sporadic E on 6m – 50 MHz SSB

Sporadic E in Australia and what can be done with a modest antenna. Interesting. Well done, Andrew.

Get out of the Radio Shack and Live Life

Tuesday 20 December 2016. Operating from my home QTH (QF44MP) 9 km south-west of Canberra GPO, I made several 6m Sporadic E QSOs today plus Matt VK1MA, currently on Norfolk Island 1908 km (1,185 miles) north-east in the South Pacific Ocean, reported hearing me call CQ on 50.110 at 01:15 UTC 🙂

Stations heard: ZL1TAP calling CQ DX on 50.110 and Frank VK5KV in Port Augusta, South Australia.

My equipment: Yaesu FT-857D @ 80 watts. Antenna is a homebrew omnidirectional 1/2 wave vertical mounted 500 mm above a flat corrugated iron garage roof. 🙂

VK1AD 6m QSOs, 20 December 2016:

Time UTCFrequencyCallsignNameReportGrid/Location
1:0550.120VK4AMLGregS58 R59QG62LP 963 km (598 miles)
1:1850.165VK4AMGGeorgeS59 R53QG62LO 959 km (595 miles)
3:2150.160VK5XDXOlyS59 R59Angle Vale, PF95HI 951 km (590 miles)

Post update @ 0900 UTC:

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