Tropo Ducting Reports

Are you listening for the KH6HME VHF/UHF/SHF beacons?
Post your reports here if you hear any of them.

KH6HME beacon frequencies: 50.060.5 MHz, 144.277 Mhz, 432.310 MHz, and 1296.250 MHz

When there is a opening, please spot on DX SUMMIT and if Hawaiian operators are present
they will be QRV on 50.110.0 MHz CW and SSB

Stations other than KH6HME are asked to use the national calling frequencies of
50.125 MHz, 144.200 MHz, 432.100 Mhz, 902.100 MHz, and 1296.100 MHz


View 2015 and earlier archived tropo reports



From: N3IZN
Topic: Beacon report from DM13ji
07/21/17 01:44:34 - Message #2254

144 beacon easily heard but not moving the meter.
432 beacon still not audible but getting WSPR and JT decodes.


From: N3IZN
Topic: 432 WSPR report
07/20/17 21:37:31 - Message #2253

2017-07-20 20:50 KH6HME 432.301531 -21 0 BK29go 20 N3IZN/RX DM13ji 4074 60


From: N3IZN
Topic: 432 report
07/07/17 12:10:46 - Message #2252

2017-07-07 04:40 KH6HME 432.301533 -22 0 BK29go 20 N3IZN/RX DM13ji 4074 60


From: K6QXY
Topic: KH6HI
07/05/17 19:40:52 - Message #2251

KH6HI/BEACON in CQ .110


From: KH6ZM
Topic: qrt
07/04/17 02:18:36 - Message #2250

QRT-73


From: KH6ZM
Topic: CQ
07/04/17 01:36:11 - Message #2249

CQ-110-CW


From: WH6XM
Topic: Ducting and satellite
07/03/17 17:44:53 - Message #2248

I just worked two stations, California and Texas on FO-29 satellite. Looks like ducting conditions helped as I worked the California station with the satellite at 2 degrees below the horizon. Now switching to 144.200 SSB.


From: XE2HWB
Topic: KH6HME/B
07/03/17 05:53:46 - Message #2247

Beacon of 144 with signal 519 with QSB. For two hours and continues. No signal 70 cms. CW.


From: N6NB
Topic: Thanks, Doug!
07/02/17 22:01:17 - Message #2246

Thanks for convincing Google and Firefox that we aren't a "badware" site! When I Google "Tropo Ducting Reports" now, the dire warning is gone. So is the Firefox blocking page.


From: N6RT
Topic: Updates
06/30/17 03:29:43 - Message #2245

Thanks for the info on Google flagging the site as bad, I'm looking into it. I have also moved all posts from 2015 and earlier to the archive page so that the main page will load a little faster.

Happy Tropoing to all.

73 de Doug, N6RT


From: N6NB
Topic: Alleged "badware"
06/29/17 01:38:14 - Message #2244

Google and the Firefox browser are claiming this site contains "badware". Firefox is blocking it. I was able to get here with no such warnings via Microsoft Internet Explorer.

The recent duct seems to be over, at least here. It was fun...


From: K6QXY
Topic: KH6HME/B
06/28/17 15:34:02 - Message #2243

KH6HME /B 144.277 ~ 519 nothing on 432 or 1296.
67F @ 61% R/H HEAVY MARINE layer up to about 1500ft.


From: KH6ZM
Topic: qrt
06/27/17 23:05:57 - Message #2242

NW QRT-BBL-73


From: KH6ZM
Topic: 50110
06/27/17 22:40:05 - Message #2241

CQ-50110-CW


From: K6IJ
Topic: 2 meters
06/27/17 19:43:55 - Message #2240

2 meter beacon s4 at 1940 utc no 432 ATM


From: KH6ZM
Topic: qrt
06/27/17 18:55:40 - Message #2239

NW QRT- BBL-73


From: WB6NOA
Topic: Listening on .200
06/27/17 18:15:18 - Message #2238

2m beacon loud in to Costa Mesa . Listening and calling on 144.200 DM13 Pair long boomers up 50' in sight of the ocean !


From: KH6ZM
Topic: 50.110
06/27/17 17:58:22 - Message #2237

CQ-50110-CW


From: WH6XM
Topic: Ducting
06/27/17 15:36:27 - Message #2236

It's 5:30 AM local time and the 2 meter band is quiet. Yes Wayne this is good discussion and needs more observing. Recently on two occasions I may have experienced the ducting effect while working the FO-29 satellite with a Florida station. He was way beyond the satellite range but we were talking to each other. He first thought it was conditions of ducting over the gulf of Mexico that helped. The second occasion was when the satellite was about 5 degrees below the horizon. This time it could have also been refracting, but I've never experienced that again. Most of the time the earliest I hear the satellite is when it is 3 degrees below the horizon. My email is (wh6xm.bob@gmail.com) Bob


From: WB6NOA
Topic: Loud beacon in DM 13
06/27/17 15:30:03 - Message #2235

KH6HME BEACON LOUD ON 2M HERE IN COSTA MESA , DM 13 . WILL ALSO MONITOR .200 FOR ANY KH6 CONTACTS .

GORDO


From: K6QXY
Topic: KH6HME/B
06/27/17 15:01:45 - Message #2234

KH6HME 144.277 is ~ 519 nothing on 432 or 1296
56F @ 94% R/H heavy MARINE LAYER up to 2000ft. ASL


From: WA6MEM
Topic: KH6HME/B in DM03ts
06/27/17 14:26:28 - Message #2233

144.277 MHz 459 RST

No 432 or 1296 MHz


From: N6NB
Topic: What was new about Monday's opening
06/27/17 07:04:11 - Message #2232

In response to Bob, K6QXY: Perhaps I didn't explain this very well in the thrill of the moment, but something was happening Monday that I had not seen before. Yes, we've seen ducts and worked Hawaiian stations near sea level for many years. I wrote an article about the Pacific duct for QST in 1976. I too have worked KH6IAA and KH6FOO, both at low elevations and up on the higher slopes of Mauna Loa, where they liked to operate portable.

What happened Monday that struck me as new was this: KH6/K6MIO, at home at 750' ASL, was MUCH louder here than other Hawaiian stations. At the same time, he seemed to be hearing me much better than others at higher or lower elevations. Of course stations in the duct are consistently louder than stations higher or lower. The Navy's Project Tradewinds documented that phenomenon in the early 1960s. But elevated ducts usually rise from California to Hawaii, with the best signals on the Hawaiian end at 5,000' to 8,000'. On six radio trips to Hawaii in 2014-2016 when I had a rover station in a rental car, I found mainland stations to be loudest at traditional duct elevations but much weaker below about 3,000'. But here was a dominant signal coming from a station at 750' ASL. Jim (K6MIO) says he has seen conditions like this before, but I hadn't.

I can think of several explanations for this. What makes the most sense to me is the idea of a duct with multiple layers. One layer could be nearly aligned with the earth's surface instead of rising from east to west. It would explain a California station at 680' ASL hearing a Hawaiian station at 750' ASL so exceptionally well when higher and lower stations were not in the same "pipeline."

I'd like to hear from others who are interested in this, either here or via private email.

Meanwhile, the KH6HME beacon is still pushing S9 on two meters, but weaker on 432 and in/out of the noise level on 1296. It's almost midnight in California.

73, Wayne, N6NB


From: K6QXY
Topic: KH6HME/B
06/27/17 05:17:04 - Message #2231

144 beacon is 519 nothing on 432 or 1296.
K6MIO/KH6 and KH6SX coppied on 144.200
See old reports for Kh6 opeanings at sea level
K6QXY worked KH6IAA & KH6FOO many times and have worked HAWAII, ,MAUI & KAUAI on TROPO so this is not NEW.


From: K6FV
Topic: 2M BCN IN
06/27/17 03:36:00 - Message #2230

0320Z KH6HME/B 1454.277 559 on handheld IC202 CM87tl 1740' ASL, T=54F, RH=83% Fog is blowing over
but not dripping from trees yet.


From: KH6ZM
Topic: Info
06/27/17 02:20:43 - Message #2229

BOB,TNX FER INFO. BE BACK THEN. LOOKED GD ON MAP.


From: K6TW
Topic: qso with kh6/k6mio
06/27/17 02:19:30 - Message #2228

Made contact 5x5 at 0205UTC. Also heard KH6SX on voice at the noise level, then on CW, but no contact made as the signal faded. The beacon is less strong now too. 24 elements and 180w here.


From: K6QXY
Topic: KH6ZM
06/27/17 02:14:05 - Message #2227

MAX the second DIURNAL peak for 6M is ~ 0430Z


From: N6NB
Topic: Propagation anomalies
06/27/17 02:09:21 - Message #2226

After I pronounced the anomaly that made KH6/K6MIO so loud here to be over, his signal made a dramatic comeback. This was all on two meters via some form of tropospheric ducting and he's still loud here now. At his elevation of only 750' ASL, this is surprising. Next we hear that SIX meters has been open from Hawaii to the mainland, presumably via sporadic E.


From: K6QXY
Topic: KH6SZ
06/27/17 02:03:44 - Message #2225

hearing KH6SX .200 5X5


From: KH6ZM
Topic: CQ
06/27/17 01:56:32 - Message #2224

CQ 50.110 CW


From: KH6ZM
Topic: 6m QSO's
06/27/17 01:55:05 - Message #2223

on 26/06/2017, between 18:43 and 21:08 made 6 Q's with both Nor Cal/So cal.


From: K6QXY
Topic: K6MIO/KH6
06/27/17 01:54:12 - Message #2222

hearing JIM K6MIO/KH6 now on 144.200


From: N6NB
Topic: Documenting what just happened
06/27/17 01:43:28 - Message #2221

I want to make a record of what has happened in the last hour. KH6/K6MIO at elevation 750' ASL north of Hilo, has been into Orange County with a solid signal. At times he was almost as loud as the KH6HME beacon at 8200' ASL. Nobody else seemed to be hearing him nearly as well as I was. My elevation is 680' ASL, overlooking the coastal plain in Orange county. He kept calling CQ but after the first few minutes nobody was coming back to him. Gradually, his signal finally faded into my noise level after being w-a-y over an honest S9. I think there are still things we don't know about elevated ducts...


From: KC7I
Topic: Maui
06/27/17 01:34:25 - Message #2220

I'm hearing someone on 144.200 in and out.
I'm in East Maui using my portable setup.
5 ele. antenna at 15' and 150 watts. 100' alt.
I'll take this setup to a location at 1200' alt.
Leave in a half hour, then another half hour traveling.


From: K6FV
Topic: 2M BCN back in
06/27/17 01:27:14 - Message #2219

0110Z KH6HME/B 144.277 569 in CM87tl 1740' ASL on handheld IC202. T=60 F, RH=66%, clear


From: WH6XM
Topic: 2 meters
06/27/17 01:21:59 - Message #2218

I'll continuing listening on 144.200. I can hear the noise level increase when the duct is open on my end and quiets when it closes. Bob


From: N6NB
Topic: KH6/K6MIO
06/27/17 01:13:25 - Message #2217

Dr. Jim Kennedy, who has given many excellent talks about propagation at the Central States VHF Conference, has been demonstrating how this duct works as a form of propagation. He's been solid here in Orange County while working a string of Californians on 144.200. Sorry I missed WH6XM. Bob, I'm still listening on 200.


From: WA6MEM
Topic: 2M SSB
06/27/17 01:08:01 - Message #2216

Looks like the duct is contracting a bit, Bob. No 432 or 1296 at the moment. 144 is just above the noise. It's likely to turn around again so I'll keep listening. K6MIO was just above the noise when N6NB was working him.


From: WH6XM
Topic: 2 meters
06/27/17 01:02:35 - Message #2215

Looks like 2 meters is busy. Heard N6NB with a 5/9 signal into downtown Hilo at sea level. I moved to 144.220 and still calling. Bob


From: WA6MEM
Topic: 2M SSB
06/27/17 00:43:04 - Message #2214

Ok. I'll be looking for you.


From: K6IJ
Topic: kh6xm
06/27/17 00:41:15 - Message #2213

wh6mx at 0041 calling cq on 199.3 kh6sx calling cq 199.7

GL FRED K6IJ


From: WH6XM
Topic: 2 meters
06/27/17 00:39:26 - Message #2212

I'm still here. I can hear the band fluctuating and when it opens noise level increases. I'll continue calling out. Bob


From: WA6MEM
Topic: 2M SSB
06/27/17 00:34:26 - Message #2211

Are you still listening to 144.200 MHz, Bob? I can try and work you. Beacon very strong here now.


From: K6IJ
Topic: 2meters
06/27/17 00:03:15 - Message #2210

Bob your being covered by kh6sx on cw. Thanks for the QSO.
ALOHA


From: WH6XM
Topic: 2 meter contact
06/26/17 23:57:05 - Message #2209

Good contact K6IJ. Looks like the duct is reaching sea level. I can't tell if there is other local stations on the air so I will continue calling. Bob


From: K6IJ
Topic: 2meters open big time
06/26/17 23:49:29 - Message #2208

HI Bob, calling cq on 200 2m beacon is s8 here now

73, fred


From: WA6MEM
Topic: KH6HME/B in DM03ts
06/26/17 23:12:56 - Message #2207

144.277 MHz 589 RST
432.300 WSPR, JT9, & JT65 all being copied
432.310 MHz 479 RST
1296.250 MHz 459 RST


From: WH6XM
Topic: 2 meters
06/26/17 21:49:45 - Message #2206

I heard a voice just at the noise level. I will keep trying. Bob


From: N6NB
Topic: A terrific opening!
06/26/17 21:27:15 - Message #2205

This is a very good tropo duct! KH6HME/b is still well over S9 at Panorama Heights, Orange County, DM13CS--as it has been for hours. 432 and 1296 are both Q5, but not as loud as two meters. 1296 has the same slow (2-3 min) fade cycle that I heard from the Hawaiian end when I worked W6IT at this location on 1.2, 2.3 and 3.4 GHz two years ago. There's a video of Greg's 2.3 GHz signal from here as I heard it in Hawaii on www.n6nb.com. The link is in the web page about the microwave DX records. Now, back to 144.200 to call WH6XM.


From: WA6MEM
Topic: KH6HME/B in DM03ts
06/26/17 20:56:36 - Message #2204

144.277 MHz 469 RST
432.300 WSPR, JT9, & JT65 all being copied
432.310 MHz 359 RST
1296.250 MHz 339 RST


From: K6TW
Topic: 2m beacon heard
06/26/17 19:28:31 - Message #2203

Heard 2m beacon 539 at 1930utc in dm03- Torrance. Nil on 70cm


From: WH6XM
Topic: Ducting
06/26/17 19:21:16 - Message #2202

This looks like a perfect day for ducting. The forecast map looks good. I am unable to go mobile to get to the best location and as far as I can tell there is no one else interested in ducting. Keep trying guys, and I will see how much hams I can alert to the event. I'll continue calling out and listening. 73's Bob


From: N6NB
Topic: Monday late morning report
06/26/17 18:01:07 - Message #2201

At Panorama Heights (Orange County, DM13CS) KH6HME/b is still solid and over S9, as it was when I came up here around midnight. Both 432 and 1296 are in the noise right now. An interesting comparison: I cranked up the 70' tower at my home in the flatlands three miles from here. Now KH6HME/b is very Q5 there too, but 2-3 S-units weaker than it is up on this hill (500' above the flatlands). That is very consistent with the difference I've seen many times over the last 40 years and is one of the reasons I bought this hilltop property in 2013.

The Pacific duct often produces much louder signals a few hundred feet above the coastal plain than in the flatlands--on the California end. In Hawaii, signals are usually loudest between 5,000' and 8,000' above sea level and are very weak or nonexistent along the Hilo waterfront. That's been known for over 50 years. I spent a lot of time roving in Hawaii to reinvent the wheel, I guess. 73, Wayne, N6NB


From: K6FV
Topic: NIL 2M here
06/26/17 17:37:50 - Message #2200

1700Z Thought this would be continuing this week, but NIL KH6HME/B 144.277 @ 1740' ASL CM87tl where it's 57 deg F, RH=68%, Overcast to the West, partly cloudy to East.
12Z radiosondes still show sizeable inversions and moisture lapses at Hilo, Oakland, and San Diego.
San Diego's is close to the deck, Oakland's is above me, Hilo's is around 1600m = 5248'. Satellite pics with surface pressures show the high is north and west of the paths from Hilo to most of the west coast USA. e.g. keep listening.


From: K6QXY
Topic: KH6HME/B
06/26/17 15:38:51 - Message #2199

as of 1530Z KH6HME 144.277 is ~ 519 nothing on 432 or 1296
Very heavy MARINE LAYER above 200FT
Will check later


From: WA6MEM
Topic: KH6HME/B in DM03ts
06/26/17 15:14:17 - Message #2198

144.277 MHz 359 RST right now but building
432.300 MHz WSPR, JT9, and JT65 copied. CW 339 RST

No 1296.250 MHz at this time


From: N6NB
Topic: Coastal tropo too
06/26/17 07:42:56 - Message #2197

This opening also extends up and down the California coast. I've never heard the K6QPV 1296 beacon in DM12MQ (near San Diego, about 100 miles from here) louder than I'm hearing it right now.


From: N6NB
Topic: This is the real deal!
06/26/17 07:31:56 - Message #2196

It's after midnight in California now and the KH6HME beacon on 144.277 is even louder than it was six hours ago. I wasn't up on the hill to listen for it earlier in the day, but others were hearing it up and down the California coast. It's after 9 p.m. in Hawaii. I called WH6XM several more times just now. If he's there, I can't hear him, but the beacon is robust. I think this is turning into the best opening since last July--just before the Central States VHF Conference in Minnesota. I left Hawaii with the band still open to fly home and on to MN. Oh, how I wish I could be out there now. Bob, can you--or anybody on the Big Island--go mobile up on Inouye Highway? With signals like I'm hearing now, a small beam at the turnout at 5,200' would be enough to work the mainland. That's only half an hour up from Hilo. You don't need to drive all the way up to the beacon site at 8,200' to get into a duct like this one.


From: K6QXY
Topic: KH6HME/B
06/26/17 02:57:47 - Message #2195

All beacons very strong 1296.250 is 599++ huge


From: WH6XM
Topic: 2 meters
06/26/17 01:58:33 - Message #2194

I will be at the radio for the next few hours. Thanks for the report. 73's Bob


From: N6NB
Topic: Only hearing HME beacon
06/26/17 01:51:52 - Message #2193

KH6HME/b is really loud on two right now, but I have to leave the hill. I did not hear any KH6 stations on 144.200.


From: WH6XM
Topic: 2 meters
06/26/17 01:50:37 - Message #2192

I'm on the air now, 0150 UTC.


From: N6NB
Topic: Bob, are you on now?
06/26/17 01:41:03 - Message #2191

Hello WH6XM. Bob are you on right now? Calling you on 144.200.


From: N6NB
Topic: Follow-up to previous report
06/26/17 01:38:28 - Message #2190

Now hearing beacon on 432.310 and also 1296.250 as well as 144.277 in DM13CS. When two fades, the higher bands seem to become louder.


From: N6NB
Topic: KH6HME/b in Orange County
06/26/17 01:32:21 - Message #2189

The 144.277 beacon is rolling in as of 0128z 6/26/17 here in Panorama Heights near Orange, Calif., DM13CS. I'd say it's 579 to 599. I'm hearing only fragments on 432 and nothing on 1296, I have a noise problem on that band today.


From: K6FV
Topic: HT ERROR
06/26/17 00:53:34 - Message #2188

That is supposed to be 1740' ASL


From: K6FV
Topic: 2M BCN back in
06/26/17 00:51:37 - Message #2187

0010Z KH6HME/B 144.277 599 on handheld IC202 in CM87tl @ 140' ASL. T=56 deg F, RH=73%. Overcast, Stiff sea breeze. NIL 432 or 1296.


From: K6QXY
Topic: KH6HME/B
06/25/17 22:40:20 - Message #2186

KH6HME 1296.250 599+++ huge signal


From: WA6MEM
Topic: KH6HME/B in DM03ts
06/25/17 19:58:17 - Message #2185

1296.250 MHz building. Good to hear it again after more than a year!


From: WA6MEM
Topic: KH6HME/B in DM03ts
06/25/17 19:53:28 - Message #2184

144.277 MHz 579 RST
432.300 MHz all three digital and CW beacons
129.250 MHz 359 RST


From: WH6XM
Topic: 2 meters
06/25/17 19:30:07 - Message #2183

Got your report. I will be calling out on 2 meters only throughout the day. Station is at sea level so it might open later in the day or tomorrow.
73's Bob


From: K6FV
Topic: 2M BCN back in
06/25/17 19:18:48 - Message #2182

1905Z 25 June KH6HME/B 144.277 579 on handheld IC202 and also on 10' dish w non-optimal feed in CM87tl 1740' where T=58 deg F RH=75% but fog is dripping off trees. NIL on 432 or 1296. Also NIL on 144 a few hours ago.


From: WA6MEM
Topic: KH6HME/B in DM03ts
06/25/17 18:33:27 - Message #2181

144.277 MHz 479 RST


From: K6QXY
Topic: KH6HME/B
06/25/17 17:46:15 - Message #2180

as of 1730 KH6HME/B,s are all in 1296 .250 up to 559


From: K5QXY
Topic: KH6HME/B
06/25/17 15:15:20 - Message #2179

as of 1500Z this morning only KH6HME 144beacon is in weakly
62F @ 73% R/H at 2000ft. ASL Heavy marine layer up to about 1500ft.


From: XE2HWB
Topic: KH6HME/B
06/25/17 12:14:28 - Message #2178

This morning the 2 meter beacon comes with a stronger signal, but does not record any dB on the radio signal. The 70 cm beacon does not record any digital or CW signal.


From: XE2HWB
Topic: KH6HME/B
06/25/17 01:17:05 - Message #2177

I receive beacon 2 meters with very weak signal and veri weak 432 in JT65


From: K6QXY
Topic: KH6HME/B
06/24/17 20:57:17 - Message #2176

at 2055Z 1296.250 is up to 599
432 & 144 much weaker.
79F @ 51%RH at 200ft. ASL


From: K6IJ
Topic: 2 AND 432
06/24/17 17:49:24 - Message #2175

2 METER BEACON 519 AND 432 BEACON 339 IN CM-98, 88F


From: K6IJ
Topic: 2 AND 432
06/24/17 17:49:00 - Message #2174

2 METER BEACON 519 AND 432 BEACON 339 IN CM-98, 88F


From: K6QXY
Topic: KH6HME/B
06/24/17 17:34:53 - Message #2173

at 1700Z KH6HME/B,s very strong. 1296 up tp 599


From: N3IZN
Topic: 432 report
06/24/17 15:06:48 - Message #2172

Started getting WSPR decodes around 8:40. Only strong enough for WSPR. Peaked to -8 at 12:40


From: K6FV
Topic: Time correction
06/21/17 22:53:20 - Message #2171

Sorry,
2245Z, = 3:45 PM PDT


From: K6FV
Topic: 2M BCN back in
06/21/17 22:49:59 - Message #2170

2345Z KH6HME/B 144.277 569 in CM87tl @ 1740' ASL T=83 F, RH=35%, P=953.6


From: K6QXY
Topic: KH6HME/B
06/21/17 22:22:03 - Message #2169

KH6HME/B 432.310 519 144.277 ~ 419
93F #(% RH at 2000ft, ASL


From: N3IZN
Topic: duct moved north
06/21/17 21:26:45 - Message #2168

2017-06-21 20:20 KH6HME 432.301530 -29 0 BK29go 20 WA6M CM88in 3739 49


From: K^IJ
Topic: six meter beacon
06/21/17 04:39:12 - Message #2167

THE SIX METER BEACON IS NOT LOCATED ON MAUNA LOA, IT IS LOCATED IN PAHOA AT THE WATER PLANT, WHERE PAUL HAD IT RUNING FOR YEARS. I INSTALLED A NEW ANTENNA AND FEED LINE, PLUS A NEW 50 WATT BEACON WHICH IS ON 50.060.5 WE MOVED THE 50 MHZ BEACON TO MAUNA LOA FOR A YEAR DURING THE TROPO SEASON AND IT WAS NEVER COPIED, SO MOVED BACK TO PAHOA. IT HAS BEEN INTO CA THIS SUMMER TWO TIMES. ALOHA FRED


From: N3IZN
Topic: Very weak signal
06/21/17 03:44:31 - Message #2166

2017-06-21 03:30 KH6HME 432.301530 -31 0 BK29go 20 N3IZN DM13ji 4074 60


From: AH6KO
Topic: 1296 beacon status
06/20/17 05:27:25 - Message #2165

Yes it is running. I didn't interrupt it today.


From: WA6MEM
Topic: KH6HME/B in DM03ts
06/20/17 03:25:36 - Message #2164

432.300 MHz Digital and CW beacons all being heard
144.277 MHz 359 RST

is the 1296 beacon operating?


From: AH6KO
Topic: Summary
06/20/17 02:51:19 - Message #2163

Thanks for confirming the 432 beacon.

Sorry, no, the 6m beacon is down on the coast south of Hilo.

Feel free to email me during the tropo season. I have somewhat limited availability but will do my best to get on for openings...Aloha

Stan AH6KO


From: K6FV
Topic: TIME error
06/20/17 02:49:11 - Message #2162

That was 0230Z not 0130Z; e.g. 7:30 PM PDT.


From: K6FV
Topic: 2M BCN back in
06/20/17 02:46:15 - Message #2161

0130Z KH6HME/B 144.277 569 on handheld IC202 in CM87tl at 1740' ASL. T= 80 F, RH=26% P=953.6 mb


From: WA6MEM
Topic: KH6HME/B in DM03ts
06/20/17 02:38:42 - Message #2160

432.300 MHZ, CW, WSPR, JT65, and JT9 all being copied


From: N3IZN
Topic: Confirm 432 beacon back on
06/20/17 01:35:26 - Message #2159

I had a faint trace at 1:30 but no decode. W6IT got it though.

2017-06-20 01:30 KH6HME 432.301531 -28 0 BK29go 20 W6IT DM13bp 4021 59


From: N3IZN
Topic: What about 6 meters?
06/20/17 01:31:59 - Message #2158

Do you have 6 up there? Is the beacon on all the time?


From: AH6KO
Topic: Beacon now restored on 432.310
06/20/17 01:24:01 - Message #2157

Nothing heard on 432.200 USB.


From: AH6KO
Topic: Now on 432.200 USB
06/20/17 01:10:54 - Message #2156

Maybe heard someone way down in the noise on 2m, otherwise nothing.


From: N3IZN
Topic: Listening on 144
06/20/17 01:06:21 - Message #2155

Will give you a shout back if I hear anything


From: AH6KO
Topic: On 144.277 USB now
06/20/17 00:51:05 - Message #2154

Listening & CQ


From: WA6MEM
Topic: KH6HME/B in DM03ts
06/19/17 22:46:52 - Message #2153

144.277 MHz 339 RST QSB


From: AH6KO
Topic: Thanks
06/19/17 22:15:46 - Message #2152

TU Glenn for the reminder, I will check on my receiver before leaving. Also will try to post here when I come up on USB.


From: N6GN
Topic: 432 beacon reset
06/19/17 21:53:55 - Message #2151

Stan, Make sure 432 beacon wrks right when you restart. It *might* require a quick 'flick' off/on and take 10+ minutes to resynch.


From: AH6KO
Topic: A short test of USB on 144 and 432 at KH6HME
06/19/17 21:14:15 - Message #2150

I will turn off 2m and 70cm beacons for a quick check of the transceivers on USB. Expected time about 0000Z - 0100Z Tuesday 6/20 (Monday afternoon local time).

Don't really expect an opening, but will CQ for a few minutes on 144.277 USB, and on 432.100 USB.

Aloha & 73~ Stan AH6KO


From: K6QXY
Topic: KH6HME/B
06/19/17 19:49:42 - Message #2149

KH6HME /B 144.277 @ 1900Z 519
432.310 @ 1945Z 519
95F @ 36% RH at 2000ft.


From: WA6MEM
Topic: KH6HME/B in DM03ts
06/19/17 19:40:25 - Message #2148

WSPR 432.301530 @-28


From: K6FV
Topic: 2M BCN IN & OUT
06/19/17 19:11:46 - Message #2147

1830Z KH6HME/B 144.277 349
1845Z NOT DETECTABLE in CM87tl @ 1740'
T=89F RH=34% P=953.6


From: N3IZN
Topic: 432 report
06/19/17 16:54:44 - Message #2146

2017-06-19 16:00 KH6HME 432.301528 -24 0 BK29go 20 N3IZN/RX DM13ji 4074 60


From: K6FV
Topic: 2M bcn IN
06/19/17 16:24:24 - Message #2145

1615Z KH6HME/B 144.277 349 on handheld IC202, 1740' MSL, CM87tl T=78 deg F RH=40% P=953.6


From: W6IT
Topic: 432 WSPR beacon into DM13bp
06/19/17 12:25:58 - Message #2144

Several 432.300 decodes copied a few hours ago.

Strongest:
2017-06-19 09:30 KH6HME 432.301530 -17 0 BK29go 20 W6IT DM13bp 4021 59


From: K6FV
Topic: 2M BCN out
06/19/17 03:37:02 - Message #2143

0305Z nothing hrd of KH6HME/B 144.277 here in CM87tl


From: K6FV
Topic: 2M BCN IN
06/18/17 23:12:23 - Message #2142

2305Z KH6HME/B 144.277 ~349 @ 1740' CM87tl on handheld IC202. T=88 deg F, RH 28%

Was not in when I checked this morning.


From: K6QXY
Topic: KH6HME/B
06/18/17 21:52:00 - Message #2141

at 2150Z KH6HME/beacon 432.310 ~ 519 2M ~ 559
100F @ 29% RH at 2000ft. ASL


From: K6QXY
Topic: KH6HME/B
06/18/17 17:31:38 - Message #2140

at 1731Z KH6HME beacon 144.277 in weakly


From: N3IZN
Topic: two 432 decodes on the back side of beam
05/26/17 04:38:34 - Message #2139

2017-05-24 10:00 KH6HME 432.301548 -27 0 BK29go 20 N3IZN/RX DM13ji 4074 60
2017-05-24 08:00 KH6HME 432.301549 -29 0 BK29go 20 N3IZN/RX DM13ji 4074 60


From: K6QXY
Topic: KH6HME/B
05/21/17 19:57:35 - Message #2138

KH6HME/B 6M 50.060.5 in Q5S5
BK29


From: W6ZAR
Topic: 6m Beacon Correction
05/19/17 21:42:49 - Message #2137

I thought I was listening to the 6m beacon in HI the other day, but I was wrong. I was hearing what I believe was the W7KNT/B in Montana off the back of my 6m antenna. (Yes, Sporadic E has been that good here lately). I will keep trying.


From: WH6XM
Topic: 6 meters
05/18/17 02:39:07 - Message #2136

Got your report Ryan. I continue to monitor 50.125 or 50.110 and also calling out. 73's Bob


From: W6ZAR
Topic: 6M BEACON
05/18/17 01:13:19 - Message #2135

Hearing the 6m beacon in and out. Very strong at times. DM13kc


From: K6QXY
Topic: KH6HME/B
05/02/17 21:27:50 - Message #2134

KH6HME BEACON 144.277 ~ 519
85F @ 31%RH @ 2000ft. ASL
CM88QL


From: WA6MEM
Topic: KH6HME/B in DM03ts
05/02/17 20:27:49 - Message #2133

432.300 MHz WSPR, JT65 and JT9 all -20 to -21 dB. Not hearing CW beacon.

No 144.277 MHz or 1296.250 MHz, yet.


From: W6IT
Topic: Brief peak on 432 in DM13bp at 0230
05/02/17 03:09:52 - Message #2132

Decoded the 432 WSPR signal -20db with heavy radar interference, appears multipath. JT9 and JT65 audible at 0234 and 0237. Nothing copied since.


From: N3IZN
Topic: 432 S7, 144 S1
05/02/17 02:23:51 - Message #2131

2017-05-02 02:20 KH6HME 432.301530 +8 0 BK29go 20 N3IZN DM13ji 4074 60


From: N3IZN
Topic: 432 WSPR decode
05/01/17 20:56:11 - Message #2130

2017-05-01 20:30 KH6HME 432.301541 -29 0 BK29go 20 N3IZN/RX DM13ji 4074 60


From: WA6MEM
Topic: KH6HME/B in DM03ts
04/05/17 03:16:01 - Message #2129

All three digital modes plus CW beacons being copied on 432.300 MHZ

144.277 MHz 359 RST


From: WA6MEM
Topic: KH6HME/B in DM03ts
04/05/17 02:00:51 - Message #2128

Hearing all three digital beacons plus CW beacons on 432.3 MHz


From: WH6XM
Topic: 2 meters
04/04/17 23:17:08 - Message #2127

Hearing voice on 144.200 USB. Unable to make out what is said. Unknown origin of signal.


From: K6FV
Topic: 144 BCN still, in
04/04/17 16:27:49 - Message #2126

1615Z 459 144.277 IC202 @ sweet spot 1740' CM87tl. T=50 deg F (it was 48 a few min ago.) RH=41%. Wind off the ocean, fog below on coast, clear above.


From: K6QXY
Topic: KH6HME/B
04/04/17 15:54:50 - Message #2125

HEPBURN TROPO MAPS indicate improving conditions for today and very good TROPO for WED 4/5


From: K6QXY
Topic: KH6HME/B
04/04/17 14:58:36 - Message #2124

AT ~ 8AM KH6HME 2M beacon is ~ 519 nothing on 432
53F @ 54%RH @ 2000ft ASL


From: K6FV
Topic: 2M BCN INSIDE
04/04/17 10:19:17 - Message #2123

1010Z I can copy KH6HME/B 144.277 about 559 inside my bedroom through a window with the IC202.. T=51 deg F, RH= 17%. CM87tl 1740'. Back to bed!


From: K6IJ
Topic: KH6HME/B 2m
04/04/17 05:40:23 - Message #2122

Hi KH6HME/B has been into CM98 all evening 519 little QSB. No signals from 432 or 1296 at this time.


From: K6QXY
Topic: Kh6HME/b
04/04/17 04:18:04 - Message #2121

432.310/b 569


From: K6QXY
Topic: KH6HME/B
04/04/17 03:21:03 - Message #2120

144.277 now 599 432 ~ 519 will check 1296 later


From: K6FV
Topic: kh6hme/b 144 IN LOUD
04/04/17 03:04:38 - Message #2119

0220Z 2M 589 at sweet spot. 1740' CM87tl. T=52 deg F, RH = 35% Walked around with IC202 checking for another sweet spot. Found a bad spot, inside my house, computer noise.
NIL on 432 & 1296.


From: K6QXY
Topic: KH6HME/B
04/04/17 01:32:09 - Message #2118

432.310 beacon now Q5 ~ 519
BEACON EQUIPT:
2M= 2X11el yagis fixed mounted on KH6
70CM = 4X 19el K1FO yagis fixed on KH6
AR2 preamps to IC 7800 RCVR.


From: K6QXY
Topic: KH6HME/B
04/04/17 00:35:52 - Message #2117

KH6HME/B 144.277 559 now 432 beacon just at noise level


From: N6GN
Topic: 70cm WSPR spot in Northern California
04/04/17 00:13:12 - Message #2116

2017-04-03 23:50 KH6HME 432.301530 -25 0 BK29 20 WA6M CM88in
WA6M at ~1300' ASL with water horizon toward HI.


From: N3IZN
Topic: Northern CA
04/04/17 00:09:23 - Message #2115

2017-04-03 23:50 KH6HME 432.301530 -25 0 BK29 20 WA6M CM88in 3715 48


From: K6QXY
Topic: KH6HME/B
04/03/17 23:47:00 - Message #2114

2M beacon 144.277 just above the noise Q5 S
68F @ 29% RH


From: K6FV
Topic: still out
04/03/17 20:47:41 - Message #2113

Last msg, not 144.17, 144.27+, maybe 3-5 kHz below KJ6KO/B, hard to measure with IC-202, but not 100 kHz off.


From: K6FV
Topic: 144 out
04/03/17 20:32:56 - Message #2112

2025Z by the time I got back to checking, 144.17 was gone. NIL hd of KH6HME/B 432 or 1296.


From: K6FV
Topic: 144 in to CM87tl
04/03/17 20:15:27 - Message #2111

2005Z APR 3, 144 MHz KH6HME/B 569 in CM87tl @ 1740' ASL where it's 67 deg F with 13% RH. Haven't looked at other freqs yet.


From: K6QXY
Topic: KH6HME/B
04/03/17 15:44:30 - Message #2110

432.310 just above the noise
57F @ 27%RH at 2000ft ASL. CLEAR


From: W6IT
Topic: 2m beacon just above the noise
04/03/17 03:15:27 - Message #2109

432 is building and now hearing the 2m beacon just above the noise.
58F clear


From: W6IT
Topic: Also 432 CW beacon copied in DM13bp
04/03/17 02:56:43 - Message #2108

Like Chris, I've decoded WSPR, JT-9 and JT-65. Also just heard the CW beacon sequence on 432.310.


From: N3IZN
Topic: 432 Beacon now audible
04/03/17 02:50:10 - Message #2107

Just copied WSPR, JT9 and JT65 and can hear it from speaker.


From: N6GN
Topic: 70cm spot
04/03/17 01:13:49 - Message #2106

2017-04-03 00:30 KH6HME 432.301535 -21 0 BK29 20 N3IZN/RX
Hepburn not particularly impressive. Still around 10 dB too weak for CW spot. Both JT9 and JT65 would have been likely at this S/N.


From: N6GN
Topic: Another 70 cm WSPR spot
03/30/17 03:51:37 - Message #2105

Timestamp Call MHz SNR Drift Grid Pwr Reporter RGrid km az

2017-03-30 03:30 KH6HME 432.301539 -22 0 BK29 20 N3IZN/RX DM13ji 4043 60


From: W6IT
Topic: 432 WSPR also copied in DM13bp
03/16/17 01:58:44 - Message #2104

Got one decode at 01:00.
0100 -24 0.1 432.301533 0 KH6HME BK29


From: N3IZN
Topic: Yep
03/16/17 01:03:14 - Message #2103

2017-03-15 23:40 KH6HME 432.301532 -28 0 BK29 20 N3IZN/RX DM13ji 4043 60


From: N6GN
Topic: 1st 70 cm WSPR spot
03/16/17 00:01:04 - Message #2102

N3IZN in Fallbrook has just posted a WSPR spot of KH6HME 70cm beacon at -28 dB S/N, too weak for any mode but sign of a duct.


From: N6GN
Topic: 70cm Multimode Beacon Operational
02/16/17 21:45:53 - Message #2101

Fred, K6IJ, has just let me know that the multimode 70cm beacon at KH6HME is on the air. Schedule, frequencies and details at:
http://www.sonic.net/~n6gn/HI70cm/HI70cm.html
Frequency accuracy should be better than 1 ppb.


From: K6QXY
Topic: KH6HME/B
01/17/17 23:26:52 - Message #2100

KH6HME/B 144.277 in weakly
46F 82% RH at 2000ft.


From: K6QXY
Topic: KH6HME/B
01/15/17 01:57:38 - Message #2099

432.310 559


From: K6QXY
Topic: KH6HME/B
01/15/17 01:43:40 - Message #2098

TRANS PAC TROPO KH6HME/B 144.277 ~ 519


From: N3IZN
Topic: Beacons are in
11/06/16 23:05:32 - Message #2097

432 and 144 beacons are in S3 and 31


From: KM6FHQ
Topic: KH6HME 432.31 Beacon
10/05/16 18:22:22 - Message #2096

On Oct 4, 2016 at 6:30 PM PST, heard the KH6HME 432.31 MHz beacon in San Diego, CA just east of the Torrey Pines State Reserve (325516N 1171512W), using Baofeng UV-200 HT. Signal faded as travelling east, and was lost within 5 miles.


From: K6QXY
Topic: KH6HME/B
08/22/16 18:40:21 - Message #2095

KH6HME/B 144.277 in weakly
74F @ 54% RH at 2000ft ASL


From: K6FV
Topic: Comments on prev posting.
08/22/16 01:59:14 - Message #2094

Note that balloon is launched from a site NW of Oakland Airport and the wind, 12 knots or so from ~WSW, blew the balloon to the ENE. It's interesting to compare with surface measurements @ my QTH which is S of Oakland and E of Half Moon Bay. Wind speed is lower near the ground due to friction and RH is higher (at same pressure level) (at my QTH) due to it being closer to the ocean than the balloon.
The instruments carried by the balloons take data to the 100 mb level and sometimes to 10 mb before the balloon ruptures. Also note that clearance is obtained from the control tower for each release.


From: K6FV
Topic: 2M back in CM87tl
08/22/16 01:34:08 - Message #2093

0055Z KH6HME/B ~144.277 559 on handheld ICOM 202 @ "sweet spot." On the R7100 in shack 144.277 was NOT detected in noise; however 432.310 was 449. 1296 NIL.P=54.9F, RH= 87%. Wind 4.7 knots W. P=951.8 mb @ 1740'. Sky completely overcast (fog). Lets see if OAK 00Z sounding comes through. Yes, but you'' have to expand your window or shrink the numbers. I copied & pasted only sfc to ~1000 m. Note heights are in meters, temperatures in Celsius degrees.
Summary: OAK and NKX (San Diego)stations max gradients near 950 mb. PHTO (Hilo) near 750 mb.

72493 OAK Oakland Int Observations at 00Z 22 Aug 2016

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
PRES HGHT TEMP DWPT RELH MIXR DRCT SKNT THTA THTE THTV
hPa m C C % g/kg deg knot K K K
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
1013.0 3 18.0 13.5 75 9.68 290 13 290.1 317.6 291.8
1010.0 29 17.6 11.6 68 8.56 289 14 289.9 314.3 291.4
1001.0 105 16.6 12.4 76 9.11 285 16 289.7 315.6 291.3
1000.0 114 16.4 12.3 77 9.06 285 16 289.6 315.3 291.1
979.0 294 13.4 10.1 80 7.98 290 12 288.3 310.9 289.7
977.7 305 13.5 9.8 78 7.83 290 12 288.5 310.8 289.9
963.0 433 15.2 6.2 55 6.21 271 12 291.5 309.5 292.6
955.0 505 18.2 2.2 34 4.72 260 12 295.2 309.3 296.1
951.0 540 18.4 1.4 32 4.47 255 12 295.8 309.2 296.6
947.0 577 18.4 5.4 42 5.97 250 12 296.1 313.9 297.2
943.3 610 20.1 -2.1 22 3.48 245 12 298.1 308.9 298.8
943.0 613 20.2 -2.8 21 3.31 245 12 298.3 308.6 298.9
940.0 640 21.2 -3.8 18 3.08 241 12 299.6 309.2 300.2
925.0 780 23.2 0.2 22 4.22 225 12 303.0 316.1 303.8
910.9 914 23.9 -0.9 19 3.95 230 13 305.1 317.6 305.8
902.0 999 24.4 -1.6 18 3.79 230 14 306.4 318.5 307.1


From: K6FV
Topic: 2M back in CM87tl
08/21/16 22:50:07 - Message #2092

2230Z KH6HME/B ~144.277 339 on handheld IC202 at "sweet spot" NIL on R7100 in shack on 144, 432, or 1296. T=59F, RH= 73% Breeze 5.2 knots W. Sunny, sky overhead small scattered clouds. Towards the coast, haze and fog. P=952.2 @ 1740'. Checked earlier,NIL but 2M beacon may have been in fade.


From: K6QXY
Topic: KH6HME/B
08/21/16 17:32:06 - Message #2091

at 10:30AM KH6HME/B is just in on 144.277 very weak nothing on 432 or 1296.


From: K6QXY
Topic: KH6HME/B
08/21/16 14:54:36 - Message #2090

at ~ 1452Z this morning "NO" KH6HME beacons detected
Heavy marine layer up to ~ 1900FT.
57F @ 79% RH I am just out of the FOG.


From: K6FV
Topic: 2M back in CM87tl
08/21/16 01:16:50 - Message #2089

0050Z: ~144.277 been in and out since last report. Presently ~144.277 579 on IC202 handheld @ ~4' above gnd abt 4' from a precipice 1740' ASL., abt 349 on the R7100 in the shack. NIL 432 and 1296. T=62.6F, RH= 68%, Breeze 3.9 knots SW, Sun still shining through light haze. Another hour or so it'll dip into fog bank unless the sea breeze pushes the fog closer up the hill sooner. P=951.5 mb @ 1740'.


From: WH6XM
Topic: K6FV
08/20/16 19:33:43 - Message #2088

Victor, very good reports. That knowledge can also help me here in Hawaii. Thank you, Bob


From: K6FV
Topic: 2M & 432 in to CM87tl
08/20/16 18:30:52 - Message #2087

1810Z KH6HME/B ~144.277 589 on handheld IC202 as I scouted around yard for other "hot spots". I found signal gets weaker for antenna heights lower than 3 feet or is blocked by trees. In shack with R7100 144.277 was 579, 432.310 was 559, 1296 NIL, but when I returned to 432.310, it was faded out. T= 56.8F, RH= 87%, Wind 2.7 knots W, P=953.6 mb. Although it is sunny, wisps of fog, pushes by the wind, come floating overhead at times @ 1740'


From: K6QXY
Topic: KH6HME
08/20/16 17:40:20 - Message #2086

KH6HME beacon 1296.250 is 519
comes on about 10am local 77F @ 48%rh


From: K6FV
Topic: 2M back in CM87tl
08/20/16 16:01:54 - Message #2085

1545Z KH6HME/B ~144.277 589 on handheld IC202 @ "sweet spot", 579 on R7100 in shack w/10' dish, poor feed for 2m. NIL 432. T= 67.6F, RH= 40%, Breeze calm to 1.9 knots W, Sky clear overhead, fog to coast just below us. P=953.1 mb


From: WA6MEM
Topic: KH6HME/B in DM03ts
08/20/16 15:43:08 - Message #2084

144.277 MHz 479 RST
432.310 MHz 359 RST


From: K6QXY
Topic: KH6HME/B
08/20/16 15:37:01 - Message #2083

144.277 now 559 will check 1296 when the beacon comes on ~ 10AM


From: K6QXY
Topic: KH6HME?
08/20/16 15:32:21 - Message #2082

AT 8:30 AM local KH6HME/B 432.310 is 559 Not a trace on 2M
75F @ 41%RH at 2000ft ASL


From: W6IT
Topic: 144 and 432 KH6HME/B into DM13bp
08/20/16 03:21:12 - Message #2081

Now hearing both 2m and 432 beacons.
144 519, 432 539


From: K6FV
Topic: 2M out now
08/20/16 02:15:24 - Message #2080

0205Z Not a trace of 144.277 +/-. T=58.7, RH=75%, Breeze 4.7 knots SW, P=951.4 @ 1740'. We'll see if everything settles down in a few hours.


From: K6FV
Topic: 2M out now
08/20/16 02:15:20 - Message #2079

0205Z Not a trace of 144.277 +/-. T=58.7, RH=75%, Breeze 4.7 knots SW, P=951.4 @ 1740'. We'll see if everything settles down in a few hours.


From: W6IT
Topic: 432 KH6HME/B into DM13bp
08/20/16 01:41:46 - Message #2078

KH6HME/B 432 beacon popping in and out of the noise here in Newport Beach, DM13bp. Nothing heard on 144.

0141UTC 72F 76RH


From: K6FV
Topic: 2M WEAK into CM87tl
08/20/16 00:45:03 - Message #2077

0033Z 20 August 2016 KH6HME/B ~144.277 349 peak on handheld IC202 at "sweet spot". NIL on R7100 inside on 144, 432, and 1296. T=60.4F, RH=72%, Breeze 4.7 knots SW, P=951.6 @ 1740'.


From: N3IZN
Topic: AIS spots, slightly off topic
08/18/16 18:28:23 - Message #2076

Another tool to get an ideal of VHF propagation off the coast is AIS, ship beacons. On DXMAPS, AIS tab, North America tab. You can see my spots are peaking at 800 km. When the HI beacons are audible the spots go out farther. My max distance is 1700 km. Using a 3 element yagi and an RTL dongle.


From: N6NB
Topic: Coastal tropo, almost reaching KH6
08/17/16 01:18:12 - Message #2075

I think we have an excellent coastal duct that is b-a-r-e-l-y getting to Hawaii with marginal conditions on the KH6 end. The San Diego 1296 beacon is very loud here in Orange County. If Bernardo (XE2HWB) does get on 10 GHz this weekend at Puerto San Carlos, as reported, and this coastal tropo persists, it could be very interesting. Do you have a planned frequency on 10 GHz, Bernardo?


From: N6NB
Topic: Beacons in at Panorama Heights (DM13cs)
08/17/16 01:08:37 - Message #2074

Just came up hill and heard KH6HME/B on 432 about 579 but fading into noise. Signal just out of noise on 144 at times, then gone. I thought I could hear 1296 beacon in the noise a few minutes ago. This is the first time I've heard any hint of the 1296 beacon here, although W6IT and other operators may have heard it here while I was portable KH6. For comparison, the beacon on 1296.250 is as loud as 144 and 432 beacons as you drive around the Big Island, but it doesn't chirp like the others. For those who identify the 144 and 432 beacons by the chirp, the stability of the 1296 beacon is a drawback. Oooh, here comes the 432 beacon up out of the noise again...


From: WH6XM
Topic: 2 meters
08/16/16 22:09:18 - Message #2073

So far no indications of an opening here in Hilo at sea level. Temperature estimated to reach 90F. Presently light breeze at ground level. I will continue to monitor for any openings.

Bob


From: WB6NOA
Topic: 3 days of 2m beacon DM13
08/16/16 21:12:54 - Message #2072

The 2m KH6HME beacon continues to arrive in So. Ca. , with signal levels hovering around S-3 . Nothing on 432 . I am off to Huntsville hamfest , so best success to open the path , and this weekend , it is part 1 of the 10 GHZ and up ARRL contest .

gordo


From: K6FV
Topic: 2M INTO CM87tl this AM
08/16/16 15:33:35 - Message #2071

1520Z KH6HME/B ~144.277 579 on handheld IC202 at "sweet spot" only 449 on R7100 w/10' dish. NIL 432 or 1296. T=76.8F, RH=31%, Breeze 1.9 knots SW, P=951.9mb @ 1740'. Sky clear overhead, fog over ocean.


From: N3IZN
Topic: 144 in DM13ji
08/16/16 14:22:09 - Message #2070

144 beacon was in around 12:00 before I left for work. S3 but none of the hash I usually hear when the beacon is in. 144 WSPR is on.


From: KH6IMB
Topic: WSPR
08/16/16 03:10:31 - Message #2069

Nothing heard. Shutting down.


From: N3IZN
Topic: 432 s1 144 nill
08/16/16 02:47:16 - Message #2068

Can just hear the 432 beacon in DM13ji
Nothing on 144


From: K6FV
Topic: 2M back, sorta!
08/16/16 02:04:48 - Message #2067

0155Z KH6HME/B ~144.277 119 can just discern the "chirp" or key-down drift. T= 61.5, RH= 66%, 2.7 knots SW, P= 951.5 mb


From: K6FV
Topic: 2M BCN GONE!
08/16/16 01:06:05 - Message #2066

0050Z NIL on 144.277 T=68.4F, RH=53%, Breeze 3.3 knots W, P=951.7 mb. Sky clear overhead down to horizon, fog on its way from coast.


From: K6FV
Topic: 2M BCN now 579
08/15/16 21:51:01 - Message #2065

2135Z KH6HME/B ~144.277 579 both on handheld IC202 and R7100 connected to 10' dish. NIL on 432 or 1296. T= 65.8F, RH=67%, Breeze 3.3 knots from SW, P=952.8 @ 1740' overlooking Pacific. Clear overhead, fog at coast.


From: KH6IMB
Topic: WSPR
08/15/16 19:54:29 - Message #2064

Started listening. TX 10% interval.


From: K6FV
Topic: KH6HME/B 2M into CM87tl
08/15/16 19:09:33 - Message #2063

1900Z KH6HME/B 144.277 229 at "sweet spot" with handheld IC202, 1740' T= 59.2, RH= 76% (was 48 deg & 96% earlier this AM) Wind 3.9 knots SW, P=953.3 mb


From: K6QXY
Topic: KH6HME/B
08/15/16 18:28:11 - Message #2062

KH6HME beacon 144.277 in NOT strong ~ 519
79F @ 43% RH at 2000ftASL


From: WH6XM
Topic: duct opening
08/14/16 02:48:56 - Message #2061

Hearing slight indications of duct opening on 2 meters. Not steady or strong. Weather satellite photo shows possibility later. Bob


From: WH6XM
Topic: 2 meter DX
08/14/16 01:43:49 - Message #2060

Calling out on 144.200 USB. So far no indications of duct opening at my location near sea level, Hilo. Will continue call outs on 2 meters and 432.100 USB. Bob


From: WB6NOA
Topic: HAWAII (bcn) CALLS !
08/13/16 19:18:35 - Message #2059

Nooner , Saturday , 13th , in So Cal DMI3 , with the 2 meter beacon coming in for the last couple of hours .

gordon west


From: K6FV
Topic: 2M STILL IN CM87tl @1740'
08/04/16 23:54:26 - Message #2058

2325Z 4 AUG 16 KH6HME/B ~144.277 589 on handheld IC202 at "sweet spot" about the same in front of 10' dish. Appears tree blockage even at 2M. 2M 349 on R 7100 in shack. NIL hrd 432 or 1296.
T=54.9 F, RH=82%. Wind 6 knots SW. P=951.4 mb.


From: K6FV
Topic: KH6HME/B 144.277 IN to CM87tl
08/04/16 20:43:43 - Message #2057

2020Z First time I listened today, 4 Aug. KH6HME/B ~144.277 589 on handheld IC202 @ 1740' ASL. 459 on R7100 in shack. NIL on 432 or 1296. T=57.9, RH=86% Sky blue with wispy patches of fog overhead, fog to the west. Breeze 6 knots from WSW. P=952.7 mb @ 1740'


From: K6FV
Topic: 2M NOT IN CM87tl this Morning
08/03/16 16:48:10 - Message #2056

1646Z 3 Aug 16, KH6HME/B NOT heard @ 1740' T=56.5, RH=75%. Wind 3.3 knots SW. P=953.8 mb.


From: K6QXY
Topic: KH6HME/B
08/03/16 15:51:57 - Message #2055

AT 1600Z KH6HME/B 144.277 in weakly .
81F @ 36% RH at 2000ft ASL


From: K6FV
Topic: Tropo getting better in CM87tl
08/03/16 07:54:00 - Message #2054

0730Z 3 August, KH6HME/B ~144.277 599 on hand held IC202 @ sweet spot but even heard in the house. On the R7100 it was 579. NIL on 432 and 1296, however.
T=71.1, RH=28% Breeze 1.4 knots from S. Barometer 954.0 mb @ 1740', up 0.6 mb since last report.


From: K6FV
Topic: 2M bcn back in CM87tl
08/03/16 02:53:36 - Message #2053

0235Z 3 Aug, KH6HME/B ~144.277 was 579 on the hand held IC202 CM87tl 1740' and 459 on the R7100. T= 47.1 F, RH= 29%, 3.3 knot breeze from the SW. Sky is clear. Barometric pressure 953.4 mb @ 1740'. NIL on 432 or 1296.


From: WB6NOA
Topic: Not a peepers
08/02/16 21:58:22 - Message #2052

Tues , August 2 , monitoring all day 2m and 432 , and not a peep , nor Pacific radar on 432 .

gordo


From: WB6NOA
Topic: Up and down , up and down !
08/02/16 04:21:54 - Message #2051

Gordo , Costa Mesa , DM13 The 432 beacon disappeared after lunch , yet 2m was in most of the afternoon , up and down , S-0 to S-3 . At 8:55 PM tonight , Monday , the 2m KH6HME beacon came out of the noise , and remained steady at S-9 ++ , for over 20 minutes , and then slowly faded away to S-0 Q-0 . Too long for airplane scatter - tropo layers at their best !We must have a hurricane down South brewing !

Interesting band conditions today .


From: N3IZN
Topic: 144 only
08/01/16 23:11:18 - Message #2050

144 beacon S1-S2
432 nada, not even a trace on waterfall.
DM13ji


From: WB6NOA
Topic: MONDAY , BEACONS IN
08/01/16 20:52:25 - Message #2049

Monday , August 1st , the 2m and 432 MHz beacons are now back in . Lots of radar on 432 , and 2m not as strong as last week .

gordo


From: K6FV
Topic: Gone in CM87tl
07/29/16 20:19:01 - Message #2048

1420Z NIL on 144.277
1950Z NIL on 144.277 T=76.5 F RH=40% Wind 1.9 kts W
Barometer still falling (950.7 mb @ 1740')
The duct is still present along the coast from San Diego to Oakland out at least 3/4 of the way to Hawaii. (from satellite visual pix) The Hilo (PHTO) soundings between 00Z on the 27th to 12Z today show a steady rise in duct altitude there from ~4800' to ~6900' and not as sharp a boundary between the marine air and dry warmer air above. Interestingly, today's 12Z Lihue, Kauai (PHLI) sounding shows a more respectful duct at somewhat lower altitude than Hilo's. (840 mb at Kauai compared to 800 mb at Hilo.)


From: WB6NOA
Topic: No beacons this am
07/29/16 17:28:29 - Message #2047

No beacons heard at DM13 . Monitoring all morning . Pair , long boomers up 60' , Costa Mesa , 64 feet up with clear view to the ocean .


From: K6QXY
Topic: KH6HME/B
07/29/16 15:05:40 - Message #2046

AS of 8AM this morning "NO" beacons hrd.
88F @ 29%RH at 2000ft ASL


From: K6FV
Topic: KH6HME/B 144.277 still in to CM87tl
07/29/16 05:41:01 - Message #2045

0520Z KH6HME/B ~144.277 not identified in shack. Thought that I might have heard the "chirp" in the noise. So I took the hand held IC202 to the "sweet spot" and the 2M beacon there was 569. T=77.4 F, RH=13%, 1.4 knot breeze from the W. Barometric pressure has decreased 1.2 mb (hectoPascals) since noon. (It's now 951.2 mb @ 1740').


From: K6FV
Topic: 2M bcn still in (barely) in CM87tl
07/29/16 01:43:03 - Message #2044

0120Z KH6HME/B ~144.277 219, NIL 432 & 1296 with R7100 & 10' dish. However on the IC202, hand held in the "sweet spot" in our yard 1740' ASL the 2M bcn was 559, an indication of feed line loss, poor illumination @ 2M, tree blockage, and maybe poor noise figure in the R7100.


From: K6FV
Topic: 2M BCN STILL IN CM87tl
07/28/16 20:35:07 - Message #2043

2020Z KH6HME/B ~144.277 579, NIL 432 & 1296 on R7100
T= 78.6 F, RH=38%, Sea breeze 2.7 knots WSW


From: K6QXY
Topic: KH6HME/B
07/28/16 16:43:13 - Message #2042

KH6HME 1296.250 just came on (on timer) ~ 519


From: WA6MEM
Topic: KH6HME/B in DM03ts
07/28/16 15:19:28 - Message #2041

144.277 MHz 459 RST
432.310 MHz 339 RST


From: N6GN
Topic: very weak at 100' elevation
07/28/16 15:07:41 - Message #2040

144.27815 "carrier" approx -20 dB in SSB bw @1400 UTC. Vanished @1500. 4L Yagi 20' above 100' ASL ground. Noise floor ~-158 dBm/Hz


From: K6IJ
Topic: 144.277
07/28/16 15:02:20 - Message #2039

2 meter beacon 579 in CM-98 at 1500 UTC

85f now


From: K6QXY
Topic: KH6HME/B
07/28/16 13:55:39 - Message #2038

As of 1300Z this morning BOTH the 144& 432 beacons are very strong
144.277 599
432.310 519 some QSB
77F @ 38% RH some valley fog below me to ~ 1000ft.


From: K6FV
Topic: Weaker in CM87tl
07/28/16 07:04:56 - Message #2037

0634Z KH6HME/B ~144.277 569, 432 & 1296 NIL in CM87tl @1740' ASL. T=79.2 F, RH=12% Wind 1.4 knots SW. TV WX report suggests a couple more days of this pattern (40 deg F + spread between coast and inland valleys with smog between {due to altitude (low) and strength of inversion}.)


From: KH6IMB
Topic: 2 Meter WSPR
07/28/16 06:58:10 - Message #2036

Continue to decode N3IZN with regularity. Best decode -4. Often -12 to -18. Very strong and bright on the waterfall.


From: K6FV
Topic: Error
07/28/16 03:46:08 - Message #2035

Make that 1296.250 +/-. Also additional wx info, OAK 00Z sounding suggests duct height around 900'. However their RH below is ~50%, whereas you can see the fog (100% RH) along the coast down below. In other words, the OAK sounding represents conditions more over land (where the balloon flew) than over the ocean, or even San Francisco.


From: K6FV
Topic: Tropo continues in CM87tl
07/28/16 03:17:42 - Message #2034

0237Z KH6HME/B ~432.310 569 fading to 239. ~144.277 589---to R7100 with 10' dish fixed to Hawaii---and the dish may not be illuminated properly on 2M. (I could copy K6MYC and some net check-ins on 144.240.) NIL on 1296.100 +/-.
T=81.5 F, RH= 11% Sea breeze 3.9 knots SWS.


From: WA6MEM
Topic: KH6HME/B in DM03ts
07/28/16 02:37:19 - Message #2033

144.277 MHz 459 RST
432.310 MHz 569 RST


From: N3IZN
Topic: From DM13
07/28/16 00:27:45 - Message #2032

432 S9
144 S1
nothing on 1296 or 50.
On WSPR decoded KH6IMB steady through out the night. Sporadic during the day. Have decoded him in several hours. I can occasionally see his signal on the waterfall but too weak to decode.


From: K6QXY
Topic: KH6HME/B
07/27/16 22:50:55 - Message #2031

KH6HME 1296.250 is ~ 519 up here and very consistant. Been since 1700Z this morning. But if the ANTS are favoring NORTH I may have the advantage.


From: WA6MEM
Topic: KH6HME/B in DM03ts
07/27/16 21:54:13 - Message #2030

144.277 MHz 589 RST
432.310 MHZ 579 RST

No 1296.250 MHz signals at all during this opening so far. Still wondering which way the antenna is pointing.


From: K6FV
Topic: 432 into CM87tl
07/27/16 19:28:45 - Message #2029

1905Z Found KH6HME/B ~432.310, it's about 5.4 kHz higher than local K6ER/B, coming up in strength 459 with a 10' dish and Icom R7100. The dish feed is an LPA for 220-1500 MHz. NIL hrd on 1296.250 yet.
KH6HME/B ~144.277 is about 589 on that setup, less than the handheld IC202 at the optimum spot in our yard, where it's now 599. T=85.8, RH=14%, Sea breeze 3.3 knots from SW.


From: WB6NOA & K7JA
Topic: Good copy KH6SX
07/27/16 19:26:37 - Message #2028

KH6SX in on the air , monitoring 144.200 . He is located at the Volcano Park , way up the hill on the Big Island . Let's all work him , as this is his home QTH , and seems excited to work the 2m DX . He does not 432 yet . gordo


From: K6QXY
Topic: KH6HME/B
07/27/16 16:59:55 - Message #2027

1296.250 just came on ~ 519 It,s on a timer
90F @ 32% RH at 2000ft. ASL


From: N6GN
Topic: 2m beacon very weak CM88OK 100' ASL
07/27/16 16:57:08 - Message #2026

73 deg. RR% RH wind 2 mph
4el Yagi @24'no sign KH6IMB WSPR yet


From: K6FV
Topic: 2M bcn LOUD in CM87tl
07/27/16 16:51:50 - Message #2025

1615Z KH6HME/B ~144.277 599-579 on a handheld IC202 in CM87tl @1740' ASL. Even vy Q5 when oriented vertical or horizontal when oriented for null.
T=85.6 F, RH=11%, breeze 1.4 knots or less from W.
NIL on 432 or 1296.


From: W6JK
Topic: Beacon in here, too!
07/27/16 16:29:19 - Message #2024

The 2M beacon is just audible this morning in the north shadow of PV.

27 Jul 16 16:30Z


From: WA6MEM
Topic: KH6HME/B in DM03ts
07/27/16 15:08:46 - Message #2023

144.277 MHz 589 RST
432.310 MHz 439 RST


From: K6QXY
Topic: KH6HME/B
07/27/16 14:48:26 - Message #2022

AT 1400Z BOTH 144& 432 beacons very strong to CM88QL
84F @ 27%RH at 2000ftASL


From: K6FV
Topic: 2M beacon still in to CM87tl
07/27/16 06:30:54 - Message #2021

0620Z KH6HME/B ~144.277 569 into CM87tl @ 1740' ASL
T=80.6 F RH=11% Wind 0.6 knots or less from W.
Bedtime!


From: K6QXY
Topic: KH6HME/B
07/27/16 05:17:54 - Message #2020

JUST worked N6Nb / KH6 5X5 to CM88QL


From: WA6MEM
Topic: KH6HME/B in DM03ts
07/27/16 03:12:36 - Message #2019

144.277 MHz 459 RST
432.310 MHz 349 RST


From: K6FV
Topic: 2M beacon still into CM87tl
07/27/16 02:12:03 - Message #2018

0155 KH6HME/B ~144.277 is 459 peak. T=86 F, RH=13% Sea breeze only 1.9 knots from SW at CM87tl @ 1740'.


From: N3IZN
Topic: WSPR
07/26/16 23:53:31 - Message #2017

432 Beacon S9+
144 Beacon S6

Is the 1296 beacon on?

Exchanging WSPR decodes with KH6IMB on 144 WSPR, If you have to leave the shack why not leave WSPR running and give a few reports.


From: K6QXY
Topic: KH6HME/B
07/26/16 23:14:58 - Message #2016

144.277 & 432.310 ~ 519---539
KH6/N6NB 144.200 ~ S5 Not worked yet


From: WA6MEM
Topic: KH6HME/B in DM03ts
07/26/16 22:35:23 - Message #2015

432.310 357 RST


From: K6QXY
Topic: KH6HME/B
07/26/16 22:21:21 - Message #2014

KH6SX in 144.200 CW & SSB


From: N6NB/KH6
Topic: Going up Mauna Loa now
07/26/16 22:02:50 - Message #2013

Starting up Saddle Rd. now. Will look for best elevation du jour. Last night the duct was low, with cloud tops at 4,000'. 73, Wayne


From: K6FV
Topic: 2M BCN BACK IN CM87tl
07/26/16 21:39:38 - Message #2012

2115Z KH6HME/B ~144.277 569 on hand held IC202 at 1740' ASL in CM87tl where the sea breeze (2.7 knots from SW) has cooled us a few deg to 84 F and RH up to 35%. Barometric pressure has been falling slowly as well. NIL on 432.


From: K6IJ
Topic: forgot band
07/26/16 20:48:41 - Message #2011

144.277 only here


From: K6IJ
Topic: KH6HME/b
07/26/16 20:44:45 - Message #2010

KH6HME/b 569 into CM-98 little QSB


From: K6FV
Topic: 144 bcn now weak in CM87tl
07/26/16 19:45:48 - Message #2009

1930Z KH6HME/B ~144.277 weak, 239 caught call and key down drift (chirp?) in CM87tl @ 1740' with hand held IC202. Temperature is rising, 86.4 F RH=26%. Gauge reads 0.6 knots from NE.


From: K6DYD
Topic: KH6HME
07/26/16 18:32:24 - Message #2008

Looking for Wayne and instead worked Art, KH6SX, nice SSB sigs into DM12.


From: KH6SX
Topic: 2meters
07/26/16 17:24:46 - Message #2007

Worked K7JA cw/ssb. Hear a few more stations but still very weak. Home qth elevation 4250 asl. Running 200 watts into 13 ele yagi. Calling .200 cw/ssb. Grid BK29lk .Aloha


From: K6FV
Topic: KH^HME/B 2m IN
07/26/16 17:07:41 - Message #2006

26 July 1650Z KH6HME/B ~144.277 in 579 fading to 459 in CM87tl @ 1740' where T=81 deg F and RH=23%. Calm. Looks like start of a good opening.


From: WA6MEM
Topic: KH6HME/B in DM03ts
07/26/16 16:55:29 - Message #2005

144.277 MHz 479 RST
432.310 MHz 459 RST

1200 MHz RADAR has moved and is now not interfering with 1296.250 MHz beacon frequency.


From: K6DYD
Topic: KH6HME
07/26/16 16:11:58 - Message #2004

144.277 just starting to be heard, no 432.
Will now listen on 144.200 for N6NB.


From: WB6NOA
Topic: beacons in
07/26/16 16:10:07 - Message #2003

Tuesday , dawn , good 2m and 432 beacon prop from Hawaii . Standing by on 144.200 and 432.100 for KH6 stations ! gordo DM13BP


From: K6IJ
Topic: 1296 antennas
07/26/16 16:07:29 - Message #2002

WH6XM Bob, ask Paul (FM) if he got up there yet. We have not talked since. I will also call him today.

TNX


From: K6QXY
Topic: KH6HME/B
07/26/16 16:06:23 - Message #2001

BOTH 144.277 & 432.310 in now but weak 449 to 519
90F @ 32%RH @ 2000ft ASL


From: K6QXY
Topic: KH6HME/B
07/26/16 15:12:36 - Message #2000

AS of 1500 Z today KH6HME beacon 144.277 in weakly
Will monitor 144.200 for WAYNE


From: WA6MEM
Topic: KH6HME/B in DM03ts
07/26/16 13:56:09 - Message #1999

144.277 MHz 559 RST
432.310 MHz 459 RST

1200 MHz RADAR operating near the 1296.250 MHz beacon frequency today.


From: KH6/N6NB
Topic: Duct good at lower elevations
07/26/16 08:46:07 - Message #1998

I flew to Hilo Sunday night because the Hepburn forecast looked promising. Sure enough, by Monday afternoon the KH6HME beacons were being heard on the mainland. I finally got my multiband station running in a rental car (a sedan this time) Monday afternoon. I went up Saddle Road (Daniel Inouye Highway), monitoring my own beacon on 222.030 in DM13cs and W6IT's in DM13bp on 222.040. I could hear both best around 2,500' elevation--right in a road construction zone with no shoulder on the highway. The cloud tops were around 4,000', with everything above that in the clear. There were nice views but weak signals at higher elevations.

At 5,260' I managed to work W6IT at his home QTH in Newport Beach on 222 and 432, a first for us. Later I worked him on two meters at 4,451' elevation. I will go back to whatever elevation seems best on Tuesday to look for mainland contacts. I will call on 144.200, 222.100 (which usually is best during duct openings), and 432.100. If conditions are good enough, I want to make contacts on 902, 1.2, 2.3, 3.4, 5.7 and maybe even 10 GHz. Conditions were NOT good enough for the higher bands on Monday.

I will probably not stay beyond early Wednesday because I'm scheduled to speak at the Central States VHF Conference in Rochester, MN this weekend. That's a 9-hour flight from here, plus
layover time at LAX.

73, Wayne, N6NB


From: WH6XM
Topic: report
07/26/16 03:54:46 - Message #1997

Thanks for the report. I couldn't get anything at sea level location.
I'll keep trying for the next couple hours on 2 meters and 70cm.

bob


From: W6ORG
Topic: 2 meter beacon 144.277
07/26/16 03:11:09 - Message #1996

Good signal inland in LA Co DM04


From: WH6XM
Topic: Repeater
07/25/16 23:02:14 - Message #1995

146.760 no tones, is the repeater about the same elevation as the beacons. This repeater has been known to open up to the west coast during ducting conditions. Many here listen to that repeater.

Bob


From: KM6DNG
Topic: Beacon mode
07/25/16 22:36:49 - Message #1994

Thank you Bob. There is a repeater on Palomar Mountain in San Diego that sometimes gets interference from a Hawaiian repeater around this time of year. People have said they have heard people in Hawaii on that repeater. I also listen for that.

73
Ryan


From: WH6XM
Topic: Beacons
07/25/16 22:25:42 - Message #1993

You might be at a good location. Ducting depends on the elevation. The beacons are on the slope of a mountain about 30 miles from the coast. The ideal elevation is about 4,000 to 6,000 feet where is starts. I'm located at sea level and rarely have good ducting conditions. But you never know on the what the thermal inversion is going to do. Keep trying and it will happen.

73
Bob


From: KM6DNG
Topic: Beacon mode
07/25/16 22:19:25 - Message #1992

Thank you for the quick reply. I just found out about these beacons. I have been listening for them for a few days but an not hearing anything. I maybe to far inland San Diego to ever hear them but I will keep trying.


From: WH6XM
Topic: Beacon mode
07/25/16 22:09:33 - Message #1991

The beacons transmit CW. You can also hear them on SSB. I am currently calling out on 144.200 USB and 432.100 USB. My satellite contact earlier today had some enhancement from the ducting conditions.

73'
Bob


From: KM6DNG
Topic: USB or FM?
07/25/16 22:04:55 - Message #1990

What mode should I be listening to the beacons? USB or FM? Thanks.


From: WH6XM
Topic: Hepburn map
07/22/16 17:39:34 - Message #1989

The pink and red colors are extremely good for ducting. Also watch the cyclones depicted in circle lines. These cyclones disturb the air so ducting cannot form.

We have a tropical storm approaching the islands. There is some rain fall now and increase effects of the storm to be felt sometime friday evening into saturday.

Next week shows some chance of improvement but continue to watch for cyclones. You would like to have the red color connecting Hawaii and California. There are times that even when the yellow color is connecting both locations, the beacons can be heard.

73's
Bob


From: N3IZN
Topic: Hepburn forecast
07/22/16 01:46:38 - Message #1988

Don't have much experience looking at the Hepburn forecast. Does the end of next week look promising?


From: WA6MEM
Topic: 1296 beacon
07/21/16 18:53:32 - Message #1987

Do you know if the 1296 antenna was turned back to the mainland, Fred?


From: W6IT
Topic: 432 KH6HME/B into DM13bp
07/21/16 13:43:07 - Message #1986

Just starting to hear 432.310 beacon in and out of the noise this morning.

1342 UTC
67F
clear


From: W6JK
Topic: Thanks Wayne
07/03/16 20:04:54 - Message #1985

I was hoping to hear you were working CW. It gives me a glimmer of hope that my new QTH might be able to see the duct after all. I'm closer to the wrong side of Palos Verdes than ever before, and have been concerned about that. Meanwhile, I'm looking for a new country on 220, 432, and 1296 MHz, and thinking about adding 902.

'JK


From: KH6/N6NB
Topic: Lost in the noise...
07/03/16 10:53:21 - Message #1984

Jeff, you were probably hearing me on cw on 144200 at 0102z. I called CQ on CW a number of times about 0102z. Alas, the duct seems to be gone. I was not even hearing my own beacon on 222030 when I was up on Mauna Loa Saturday afternoon. That beacon, which has a very good shot into the duct from the California end, can sometimes be heard when nothing else is making it here from California. Not this time.


From: K6IJ
Topic: 1296 antennas
07/03/16 03:41:30 - Message #1983

Just received confirmation that there will be a work party going to the site in a week or so and position the 1296 antennas back where they should be.

Thanks again to N6NB for the info.

73, Fred


From: K6IJ
Topic: 1296 antennas
07/03/16 03:09:11 - Message #1982

Tnx Wayne, yes the local radio club has attached a UHF Yagi and I guess turned our mast to suit them. I have a friend going to the site soon to get back to CA. Appreciate the info.

Tnx again Fred


From: W6JK
Topic: CW Burst
07/03/16 01:27:32 - Message #1981

I heard a bit of CW in the noise on 144.200 at about 0102Z. There was not enough recovered to guess at the source. :)

Jeff W6JK DM03UT


From: K6FV
Topic: 2M KH6 BCN NOT IN at 0020Z
07/03/16 01:10:41 - Message #1980

0020Z 3 July 2016. 144.277 NOT in @ CM87tl @ 1740'T=56.3 F, RH=75%. Sea breeze ~7 knots SW. See a few wisps of fog blowing overhead, but mostly clear. The KJ6KO/B 144 beacon is much louder than usual.
Didn't hear Wayne 144.200 or KH6HME 2m beacon 144.277 @ 0100Z.
This morning's (12Z) radiosonde showed the greatest water vapor (dew point) lapse on the west coast CA)(14 deg C to <-20 deg C {very dry} ~782m @ NKX, San Diego. OAKland had only a 3 deg C dew point drop near the top of the temperature inversion (T=27 deg C, highest T on west coastal CA) ~767m.


From: KH6/N6NB
Topic: Report of visit; 1296 4-stack
07/02/16 22:09:53 - Message #1979

It looks as if the best of the current duct is behind us. I wanted to do a short summary of my VHF-microwave visit to the big island and also respond to Fred's query.

Fred, the KH6HME 1296 4-stack is pointed almost north, about 45 degrees away from the beam heading of the 222/432 stack and the two meter Yagi on the high tower. The 902 looper is pointed south and is leaning over against another mast. It looks as if it wants to fall over. As I said earlier, the 1296 4-stack is NOT pointed anywhere near California.

My report is that Thursday was, by far, the best day of this duct. It was not nearly as good as
June 18-19 last year, but I did make many contacts. The duct was low and appeared to be offshore. The cloud tops were about 3,000' below KH6HME beacon elevation, even Thursday, with warm, clear weather above the cloud layer.

My highlight was working W6IT/portable in DM14KF (along Rim of the World Drive near Running Springs) for a new world DX record on 902 MHz. I also worked other stations from San Diego to CM88. Here's the complete list of mainland stations I worked from Hawaii, in order: N6HC, K6QXY, K7JA, WB6NOA, W6IT, AF6AV, WA6MEM, and N6GP. I worked most of them on multiple bands.

N6HC, better known for his world-wide HF DXpeditions to exotic islands on the most-wanted list, was good enough keep the Panorama Heights station on the air while W6IT was on his own VHF+ DXpedition to points inland in pursuit of the 902 DX record. Arnie's signal was over S9 for hours on two meters, but he faded down to the noise level just before N6VI arrived at a duct-friendly site in Manhattan Beach. The duct dropped out at exactly the wrong time for Marty. And by Friday I wasn't hearing anyone well. W6IT was back at Panorama Heights and I did work him on 2, 222 and 432 (222 was loudest), but I didn't hear anyone else despite repeated calls on 144200 and 432100. There was severe QSB. So in the end we had one fairly decent afternoon of trans-Pacific tropo duct DXing and not much more.

I will go up Mauna Loa again and call some CQs on 144200 around 0100z Sunday (Saturday afternoon local time), but I'm not optimistic.

73, Wayne, KH6/N6NB


From: WB6POJ
Topic: Ping tone on 144.277
07/02/16 18:48:35 - Message #1978

think i heard the beacon on 144.277 with my beam to Hilo from DM-04-VF lasted about 2 min. 1124 hrs local, 1824 GMT 7-2-2016


From: K6IJ
Topic: 1296 array
07/02/16 17:55:22 - Message #1977

Wayne,N6NB hope you see this and can ck again. The 1296 array is 4 long loop antennas and on a new mast pointed to the mainland. There is a old 2" steel mast with a pair of 902mhz loops and it is pointed north, not being used. Please confirm that the 4 loop array is looking east.

Thanks, Fred


From: WB6NOA
Topic: Saturday morning
07/02/16 17:43:52 - Message #1976

The 2m beacon is well down in the noise this morning , but may build as the local coastal low clouds begin to clear . Last night ,Friday night, the 2m beacon was in most of the time , but never building much above S2 . Nothing yesterday or today on 432 .

Let's see what today brings !

gordo DM 13


From: WA6MEM
Topic: KH6HME/B in DM03ts
07/02/16 16:20:16 - Message #1975

144.277 MHz 339 RST


From: K6FV
Topic: 2m BCN not in yet
07/02/16 16:02:05 - Message #1974

1540Z 2 July 2016, the fog is back @ 1740' ASL in CM87tl. T=50.2 deg F, RH=97%. It was down to 47 deg an hour ago. Wind is 5 knots SW. Nary a peep on 144.277.


From: XE2HWB
Topic: KH6HME/B
07/02/16 06:01:35 - Message #1973

Bcon. 144 is now 579


From: K6FV
Topic: 2m beacon weak now in CM87
07/02/16 05:45:38 - Message #1972

0535Z 2 July 2016 KH6HME/B 144.277 now 239 in CM87tl @ 1740'. The frequency drift on long dash makes this beacon stand out in the noise. T=60.8 deg F, RH=62%.


From: WA6LIE
Topic: Re:N3IZN to KH6IMB WSPR spots continuing
07/02/16 05:36:46 - Message #1971

Thanks Glenn, I saw those posts, and running WSPR at home, but need a better antenna! JT-65 popular and some might want to try it Tropo to Ca/XE2 lands.My K3 remote in Marina is my best bet so far.
73, Scott 53f, 90%Rh barometer going up.


From: XE2HWB
Topic: KH6HME/B
07/02/16 05:35:24 - Message #1970

Beacon 144 is 539, nil 432


From: N6GN
Topic: N3IZN to KH6IMB WSPR spots continuing
07/02/16 05:22:18 - Message #1969

July 2
KH6IMB at 3700'

Timestamp Call MHz SNR Drift Grid Pwr Reporter RGrid km az
2016-07-02 02:42 N3IZN 144.490551 -28 1 DM13ji 100 KH6IMB BK29jk 4061 257


From: WA6LIE
Topic: KH6HME/B
07/02/16 04:57:24 - Message #1968

Nada 144.277 in CM96 at N6IJ with K3 and 3 el Quad.
Any possibility of JT-65 or JT-9 from KH6?


From: WA6MEM
Topic: KH6HME/B in DM03ts
07/02/16 04:39:18 - Message #1967

144.277 MHz 559 RST

Hearing 144.277 with my KX3 and a rubber duck antenna from the backyard.


From: K6FV
Topic: 2 mtr bcn still into CM87tl
07/02/16 02:55:31 - Message #1966

0240Z 2 July 2016, 144.277 569 to 579, nil hrd on 432. T=52.3 deg F, RH=76%. Wind 4 knots from SW.


From: K6FV
Topic: 144.277 back in CM87tl
07/01/16 23:32:22 - Message #1965

2310Z 1 July 2016, KH6HME/B 144.277 was 569 @ CM87tl @ 1740' ASL, with handheld IC202. T=58 deg F and RH=68%. It was not there when I listened this morning. NIL on 432 other than K6ER/B in CM87su.


From: WA6MEM
Topic: KH6HME/B in DM03ts
07/01/16 22:59:27 - Message #1964

144,277 MHz 579 RST
432.310 MHZ 579 RST


From: WA6MEM
Topic: KH6HME/B in DM03ts
07/01/16 18:07:40 - Message #1963

144.270 MHz 359 RST
432.310 MHz 459 RST

The 432 beacon has been the strongest out of the three beacons during this entire opening.

QTH 1200 feet ASL, 13 element Cushcraft at 1220 feet ASL.


From: WB6NOA
Topic: Friday , 2m back in
07/01/16 17:22:49 - Message #1962

The beacon is back in , Friday , 7/1 . Amazing , my records show most first weeks of July as 75% beacon reception over the last 28 years ! " July Fireworks " I call it . N6NB was on .200 yesterday , so hope he will be back on today .

gordon west DM13 Costa Mesa 64' ASL 2 boomers up 60' looking West !


From: K6QXY
Topic: KH6HME/B
07/01/16 14:29:54 - Message #1961

144.277 back in weakly
7:30AM 79F @ 42% RH @ 2000ft. ASL


From: WA6MEM
Topic: KH6HME/B in DM03ts
07/01/16 14:08:20 - Message #1960

432.310 MHz 359 RST


From: XE2HWB
Topic: KH6HME/B
07/01/16 10:14:01 - Message #1959

Beacon 144 is weak signal to 559, two hours, nil 432


From: K6FV
Topic: 144.277 still in CM87tl
07/01/16 05:04:00 - Message #1958

0440Z 1 July 2016 The KH6HME/B still in, 459 on my handheld IC202. T=70.2 deg F, RH=37%. By way of explanation, that's standing near the edge (of not quite a cliff, but 1740' over ocean 4 to 5 miles away.) Step back 20 foot on level ground, and the signal is often gone!


From: WA6MEM
Topic: KH6HME/B in DM03ts
07/01/16 04:00:36 - Message #1957

144.277 MHz 559
432.310 MHz 579


From: K6QXY
Topic: KH6HME
07/01/16 01:43:07 - Message #1956

HRD N6NB/KH6 on 1296.100 but he didn,t hear me BEACONS are all very weak now


From: WA6MEM
Topic: KH6HME/B in DM03ts
06/30/16 23:58:11 - Message #1955

144.277 MHz 359
432.310 MHz 569

Looking for N6NB on 432.10


From: K6QXY
Topic: KH6HME
06/30/16 23:30:21 - Message #1954

N6NB/KH6 worked 222.100 5X1


From: K7JA
Topic: N6NB/KH6
06/30/16 23:18:26 - Message #1953

Varying S2 to S7 on 144.200 SSB. Path unstable.


From: K6QXY
Topic: KH6HME
06/30/16 23:07:34 - Message #1952

N6NB/KH6 144.200 5X9


From: K6FV
Topic: 2230Z 30 June 2016 144.277 still in
06/30/16 22:45:47 - Message #1951

Back from town 2230Z 30 June KH6HME/B 144.277 still in, 569 on the IC202, somewhat weaker on a R7000 connected to a 10' dish (fixed pointed at big island) with 222-1296 MHz feed. KH6HME/B not heard on 432, even though local bcns on 222 and 432 were.


From: N3IZN
Topic: Report
06/30/16 22:34:32 - Message #1950

144, very strong, S9
432, just a trace on the waterfall
1296, nothing, but I dont have a preamp
Is the 50 Mhz beacon turned on?


From: WA6MEM
Topic: KH6HME/B in DM03ts
06/30/16 21:28:28 - Message #1949

Ok, Wayne. I understand.
Looking forward to working you later today.
73,
Gary


From: KH6/N6NB
Topic: 1296 antennas
06/30/16 21:10:57 - Message #1948

Gary, I have no access to the beacon site, so I can't rotate the antennas. There's a locked gate and a fence as well as a lock on the door to the building. I've never seen the inside of the building. I operate either down along the main highway ("Daniel Inouye Highway," formerly Saddle Road) or, if the duct appears to be high, at a site along the observatory road about a mile from the beacon building. I'm leaving Hilo to go up there now.


From: WA6MEM
Topic: KH6HME/B in DM03ts
06/30/16 21:00:27 - Message #1947

The 1296.250 MHz beacon has been in to DM03 and doing well this morning but it seems to have drop out at the moment, Wayne. Any chance of swinging the antenna back towards the west coast?

Signal reports right now are:
144.277 MHz 579 RST
432.310 MHz 569 RST


From: KH6/N6NB
Topic: On by about 3 p.m. PDST
06/30/16 19:59:31 - Message #1946

I have all bands through 10 GHz in a rental minivan in Hilo and will be driving up Mauna Loa as soon as everything is ready to go. I'll try to work through the bands quickly, using the standard calling frequencies unless there's a reason to move elsewhere. I'll start on 144.200. By the way, the KH6HME 1296 beacon will be difficult to hear except in Alaska because the 4-stack of 1296 loop yagis on the repeater building is now aimed nearly due north. (Wind damage, I assume.) It wasn't like that last year. Please QRX for me. 73, Wayne, KH6/N6NB


From: K7JA
Topic: Hello Hawaii
06/30/16 19:35:54 - Message #1945

Anyone game for CW or SSB (or FM on 2M) contacts on the duct? Hearing both 144 and 432 beacons well.


From: N6GN
Topic: KH6IMB to N3IZN via WSPR
06/30/16 19:21:16 - Message #1944

2016-06-30 19:10 N3IZN 144.490549 -27 0 DM13ji 100 KH6IMB BK29jk 4061 257

Not strong down nearer sea level but definitely good enough, probably even approaching JT9 capability


From: K6QXY
Topic: kh6hme/b
06/30/16 18:54:56 - Message #1943

All KH6HME beacons in very strong 1296.250 up to 559


From: WA6MEM
Topic: KH6HME/B in DM03ts
06/30/16 18:50:03 - Message #1942

144.170 MHz 559
432.310 MHz 579
1296.250 MHz 449

I'm also running WSPR on 144.489 trying to work one of the stations on the big island.


From: WB6NOA
Topic: Per K7JA , Wayne has a van over there
06/30/16 18:36:42 - Message #1941

It seems confirmed that Wayne , N6NB , has a rental van , over on the Big Island , with all his gear , inc. 10 GHz . Chip Margelli sent him a note this morning that we are on .200 and .100 , monitoring for his call .

gordo 1.2 GHz now weak over here in DM13


From: WA6MEM
Topic: KH6HME/B in DM03ts
06/30/16 17:00:37 - Message #1940

144.277 MHz 579 RST
432.310 MHz 579 RST
1296.250 MHz 459 RST


From: WB6NOA
Topic: Wayne N6NB there ?
06/30/16 16:59:31 - Message #1939

Do we have a confirmation that Wayne , N6NB , is indeed over there , and soon on the hill ? Let's hope he comes up on 144.200 as this is where most of us are listening for him ..... if indeed the report is true that he is there ! gordo


From: K6FV
Topic: KH6HME/B 144.277 into CM87tl
06/30/16 16:34:00 - Message #1938

1600Z 30 June 2016 KH6HME/B 144.277 was 589 on handheld IC202 at 1740' in CM87tl. NIL on 432 or 1296. T=61 deg F, RH=60%.


From: W6ORG
Topic: KH6HME Beacon
06/30/16 16:19:18 - Message #1937

Good 144.277 signal this morning inland LA Co DM04 over 800 ft hills.


From: WA6MEM
Topic: KH6HME/B in DM03ts
06/30/16 15:58:12 - Message #1936

Can we have someone in KH6 verify if the 1296.250 MHz beacon is working?


From: WB6NOA
Topic: strong , costa mesa DM13
06/30/16 15:43:48 - Message #1935

Both 2m and 432 in strong along the Coast in DM13 , Costa Mesa . I heard a report that Wayne , N6NB , is mobile on the hill in Hawaii , so we may all wish to monitor 144.200 , too . If I hear anything from Hawaii on .200 , I will make noise on top of the beacon frequency as an alert to tune down !

Gordo


From: XE2HWB
Topic: KH6HME/B
06/30/16 14:41:39 - Message #1934

Beacon 144 is 519 with QSB no 432


From: K6QXY
Topic: KH6HME/B
06/30/16 13:58:28 - Message #1933

AT 7AM KH6HME/B are in
144.277 559
432.310 519
Will check 1296 later
80F @ 41%RH @ 2000ft. ASL


From: WA6MEM
Topic: KH6HME/B in DM03ts
06/30/16 13:31:43 - Message #1932

144.277 MHz 559 RST
432.310 MHz 589 RST


From: WA6MEM
Topic: KH6HME/B in DM03ts
06/30/16 04:59:45 - Message #1931

432.310 MHz still 569 RST

No 144.277 MHz or 1296.250 MHZ yet.


From: K6FV
Topic: Sorry wrong freq, 144.27+
06/30/16 04:27:41 - Message #1930

Just below KJ6KO/B. Guess that;s 144.277, but IC202 dial not very accurate.

Had a brownout this morning (AC line voltage was down to 70-100V, and my regular computer is not working now.

Victor Frank


From: K6FV
Topic: KH6HME/B 144.17 into CM87tl
06/30/16 04:17:55 - Message #1929

0405Z 30 June 144.17 569 on handheld IC202.
T=49 deg F, RH 88% @ 1740'. I didn't hear it when I checked mid-day. Quite a change from past two days when T was in the low 80s and RH was in the teens.


From: WA6MEM
Topic: KH6HME/B in DM03ts
06/30/16 03:41:23 - Message #1928

432.310 569 RST


From: K6QXY
Topic: KH6HME/B
06/30/16 01:16:31 - Message #1927

KH6HME/B in 144.277 & 432.310 519 to 559
K6QXY CM88 QL
84F @ 35%RH @ 2000ft ASL


From: WB6NOA
Topic: 70 CM BEACON IN , TOO
06/29/16 23:54:25 - Message #1926

I can just make out the 70cm beacon , above the radar ,ready to come in , too . The Hepburn chart and local WX conditions over here might lead to a several day opening .

If we have an operator going up to the site , please let us all know over here on the Mainland , so we can make your Lava stay enjoyable with lots of QSOs !

gordo


From: WB6NOA
Topic: Beacon IN
06/29/16 23:40:10 - Message #1925

The 2 meter Hawaii Beacon is IN , S-4 , Costa Mesa . Will check 70 cm shortly . gordo


From: WB6NOA
Topic: Tropo soon we hope
06/29/16 19:45:00 - Message #1924

Listening to the West , I am beginning to hear the typical band sounds of tropo conditions forming up over the Pacific . Hepburn report looks good for Thursday and Friday , June 30 and July 1 . Past records show past tropo events with Hawaii consistently during the first week of July . July fireworks soon to begin ?

Stay tuned - looking West , pair long boomers up 60' on the coast . gordo


From: K6IJ
Topic: beacon report
06/27/16 15:37:07 - Message #1923

Tnx Bernardo for the email and heads up. Ck your email.

Aloha, Fred


From: XE2HWB
Topic: KH6HME/B
06/27/16 04:26:43 - Message #1922

Beacon 432 is 519 with QSB and 144 is 519 with QSB


From: XE2HWB
Topic: KH6HME/B
06/27/16 03:47:37 - Message #1921

Beacon 2 mtrs. is RST 519


From: W6ORG
Topic: Forecast Opening
06/23/16 18:37:16 - Message #1920

Looks like a promising tropo opening around this coming Wednesday according to Hepburn-
http://www.dxinfocentre.com/tropo_wam.html


From: K6IJ
Topic: email
06/03/16 04:30:34 - Message #1919

Sorry no address shown, k6ij@volcano.net

73, Fred


From: K6IJ
Topic: WSPR
06/03/16 04:29:39 - Message #1918

Please keep me posted via email above, no need to plug up this site with yak.

73 and Aloha from CA. Fred K6IJ


From: N6GN
Topic: 2m WSPR on HI
06/03/16 02:20:46 - Message #1917

Fred, Thanks for your willingness. I think there may indeed be interest. I'm mailing you separately. Are any of the regulars here interested in supporting such an effort? It should yield at least 20 dB advantage over CW beacons as a leading indicator of openings. Are other bands more important than 2m?


From: K6IJ
Topic: WSPR WA6MEM
06/02/16 16:17:42 - Message #1916

Hi, if you guys want WSPR, put something together and I will be glad to install at the beacon site. Same goes for a remote transceiver as we do have a high speed internet connection at the site. Let me know your thought via my email address k6ij@volcano.net

Thanks, Fred K6IJ ex KH7Y


From: WA6MEM
Topic: WSPR
05/24/16 20:43:19 - Message #1915

Has there been any thought to placing a two meter WSPR station at the beacon site?


From: K6QXY
Topic: KH6HME/B
02/23/16 17:15:47 - Message #1914

Word from FRED KH7Y 1296 beacon has been repaired and back operational


From: WH6XM
Topic: Date correction
02/04/16 09:48:59 - Message #1913

Correction on previous posting. Occurrence date is thursday. Scheduled Wisconsin attempt is on Friday.


From: WH6XM
Topic: FO-29 satellite
02/04/16 09:43:42 - Message #1912

About 1030 UTC friday, heard FO-29 satellite beacon 3 degrees below my horizon then strong signal at 2 degrees below my horizon. Possibility of ducting effect in the Pacific near the west coast extending my signal range. Later today I have a scheduled attempt with a Wisconsin station through the same satellite. This is not the first time I experienced this. Ducting conditions look good today between Hawaii and California.


From: W6IT
Topic: 432 KH6HME/B into DM13bp
01/28/16 23:34:19 - Message #1911

Just started hearing 432 beacon
432 beacon 519
144 beacon nil
0032 UTC
62F