|Sirio CX-4-68 antenna|
The first station heard in the new band was beacon SV1FOUR from KM27AW, with rather weak signal strength. After prolonged CQs on or near 70200 kHz I managed two brief QSOs with OK stations, OK2BGW in JN89 and OK1VBN in JN78, with weak signals and deep fading (QSB).
Sometime later I discovered a group of greek hams active on 4 m from Athens metropolitan area and we had a somewhat long chat. I was told that there are about 5-6 active hams in my area, mostly with horizontal antennas.
Much later in the evening I worked LX1FX with deep QSB in JN29.
So the results for the first day are rather poor, especially as we are in the peek of the Es season. It seems that a better antenna than a simple vertical is needed for decent performance on 70 MHz.
|My first eQSL card for a 70 MHz QSO|
The Four Metres Website
One more eQSL!
|SPECTRAN capture of HB9AW in Athens, Greece (19:25 UTC)|
A new propagation beacon from Switzerland showed up on 60 m. Its call sign is HB9AW and it transmits every five minutes on 5291 kHz CW.
For more info visit the SurseeAmateur Radio Club website 5 MHz Beacon Project page.