There have been plenty of long distance openings on the 50 MHz band recently but they tend to be East-West and not too far from the equator… interesting but nothing special.
What makes this unusual is that the 6m signal was coming from the polar regions. Admittedly the station is at about 63 deg S and about as far north as you can get on the Antarctic continent but it’s an impressive journey all the same for a signal on the 50 MHz band to reach Europe.
Report from SV2DCD… Leonidas, SV2DCD in Greece sends the following report…
“Today, SV1DH and I copied the LU1ZV 50MHz FT8 beacon from the Esperanza Base in Antarctica.
It is the first time for me to copy signals from Antarctica here. Beacon conditions – Antenna is a half wave sloper dipole to the north and power is 3w“
As can be seen from the screen grab above, the best signal that SV2DCD managed to get was -11dB which is a very noisy but audible signal to the human ear. These are the kind of signals that prior to the advent of FT8 would have gone unnoticed on CW or SSB.
Analysis… It looks as if the sun was pretty much at its highest point for the midpoint of this opening. It would seem to have been a multi-hop F2 layer opening. The solar flux was 152.
Thanks to Leonidas, SV2DCD for the report.
More reports on other long distance openings on the 6m band can be found on my 50 MHz page.
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