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« on: February 04, 2017, 05:26:45 AM »

I don't usually get on 40 in the late afternoon but yesterday I was out and about in the Tacoma and had my little K1 QRP CW rig on at around 1600 local here in CT.  Many EU stations were hammering in, worked a couple and then went down to my favorite local mobile operating location at Stonington Point.  In addition to the EU stations, I was amazed to hear VK5LJ calling CQ on 7005 and even more amazed to work him!  First time I've  ever worked VK on the long path mobile, let alone with 5 watts to a Hamstick on 40.  Also heard several JAs in there. That big salt water ground plane to the SE and S sure works its magic at times.  A very low noise level on the band yesterday no doubt helped.  The VK was running 100 w to a long wire.
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« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2017, 08:37:45 AM »

That is a good time to work Australia on LP. Looking back through my log, 1600-1630 was a very common time. This tine of year is also a good time. Late December and early Jan is better for JAs on LP in our afternoon. I've heard them LP in the mornings into February though.
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« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2017, 04:02:46 PM »

Good conditions for much of this afternoon on 40 meters for stations more than 200-250 miles apart. About 3:30 PM that band seemed to stretch even further. I tuned down to the international SSB portion and could hear European stations very clearly. A 9K2 (Kuwait) was easy copy at 3:45. This is 3.5 hours before our sunset!
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