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The summer sporadic E season on 10 m started today
That time of the year has come around again, today we had a pretty decent sporadic E lift on 10 m. I had various QSO's this afternoon, most of them with operators over in Germany, there were hordes of them. However, I did manage to contact a few guys around the UK, unfortunately the really localised skip didn't really last that long, it was a little bit disappointing to be quite honest. I did monitor the CB frequencies for a few minutes and I heard quite a few guys in Scotland, however I didn't hear any Scottish voices on the 10 m band. I did have one surprise however, W4SLT from South Carolina in the USA returned my call. I had decided just to use my Sirio Gain Master, after all sporadic E can often produce very large signals and you often find that there isn't big difference between using a beam and a normal straightforward vertical. Also, because signals were coming from all over the place, I didn't really want to have to continue turning the antenna everytime I started talking to someone, so the vertical performed extremely well and did the job it was designed for, receive signals from all directions. I could have made things easier for myself by switching over the beam when the station from South Carolina shelter, but I thought no, and I managed to make the QSO with him using the vertical which was quite satisfying. Anyway, enough of me waffling on, I did actually record a segment of my afternoons operation on 10 m and uploaded it to YouTube, so you can check it out below.