Tuesday, 10 March 2015
Attic dipoles JT9 QSOs
Is there any certificate you can get for working 10 DX stations that are using attic based antennas? That would be even more difficult as working DX I guess? Again I was surprised by the late propagation on 15m yesterday. I still worked USA till 21 UTC when normally you would experience the band dies just after sunset. You do not hear anything on that band only noise. But when using WSJT-X on 21.078 you still see some faint traces of the JT9 mode that are still decoded by the software. It's amazing! I even managed to work 2 stations that were using attic based antennas according to their QRZ pages. W4ED Bob from GA works with a 20m OCF dipole fed with 300Ohm line and a 20/15m coil loaded dipole all build at the attic. W9MDB Mike from IL works with a Pixel RF Pro 1B magnetic loop and a 61ft dipole fed with a Icom AH-4 autotuner both at the attic. This is what JT9 is really ment for. DXing with restricted antennas and/or low power. I was trying 20m after 21 UTC and found it still open as well, with low signals but still I was spotted at a lot of stations in the USA.