IV3PRK Pierluigi "Luis" Mansutti (ex HC1PF)

  160 meters Band: DXing on the Edge


ZK2C – Niue, February 2012 by German Group               çbackç

 Another successful German DXpedition; they did their best always at the right time for Europe but, as their website says: just a “dit” in the Pacific….

Actually an extremely difficult path – 17.000 km at 6 degrees – and hopeless for Central Europe under current propagation conditions. Anyway we heard every evening many Europeans calling and calling and imaging QSO’s, but no one got on the log except two LZ and the most eastern Ukraines and Russians. I wonder if all these stations were actually hearing well, and thus ZK2C had always receiving problems, or were they using some “new SDR techniques” … or just cluster blind callers ?

Only one morning there has been an opening to Europe: congratulations to CT1EEB, G3PQA, GM3YTS and GM0GAV who I supposed worked them thanks to a more feasible north-west path. But John, G3PQA, wrote me that “ ….signals were from the southwest again. This seems to be similar to the path for USA stations to Ross 9M2AX – ie very rarely on the short path over pole, most openings are skewed far south, particularly at this time of sunspot cycle. Occasionally we get propagation to ZL from that direction also.”…so that was ALONG the Terminator, a rare case of Grayline propagation!