First sporadic E opening in 2016 on  144 MHz

First sporadic E opening in 2016 on 144 MHz

2016-05-23 Off By DK5EW

22.May  2016: Today it came true – the first sporadic-E opening on 2m for 2016.

I was operating on the big 6m opening direction east to SV/YU/YO/ER/UA/OH. All stations came in with huge signals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inspired by these strong signals I switched on 2m and began to listen. Suddenly I heard on 144.300 MHz those typical sporadic E „bursts“ sounding like parts of words via meteor scatter and shortly after that the opening began.

Sorry to say but I missed my 1.QSO by a logbook crash and I do not remember the call it was something with UR(7) ??? also from KO73.

This is a quick audio of R2YAA for KO73 square calling CQ recorded with my smartphone:

Here is the log:

22/05/2016   16:47   RA3EL           KO82AX  59         1972km
22/05/2016   16:45   UA3YCX        KO73EF   59         1864km
22/05/2016   16:43   R2YAA           KO73DH  59         1860km

After the last QSO I had to shut down the station quickly because of a heavy T storm that was coming up.