“On Sunday the 5th of August 2018, Mark Turner EI3KD managed to work D4Z on the Cape Verde Islands off the coast of of Africa on 144 MHz, a distance of some 4163 kms. This remarkable contact made on CW was a new record for tropo in IARU Region 1. The previous record of 4130 kms was set back in July of 2015.
The contact was made on 144.300 MHz at about 18:26 UTC at a time when the band was also open to the Canary Islands from the south of Ireland and the UK.
EI3KD RIG: 11el F9FT, only at 7m agl or so, RX mast preamp, TX 400W.
Just to an idea of just how far the new record is, if the same distance of 4163 kms was measured west of EI3KD’s location then it would reach as far as Nova Scotia in Canada!
Earlier in the day, the D4C beacon on 144.436 MHz had been spotted at 08:37 UTC by GI6ATZ locator IO74AJ distance 4476km and by GM4ZJI at 16:40 locator IO86KE distance 4739km. The beacon was running just 14W into a stacked dipole array.
D4Z also worked G7RAU and G4LOH in the South-West of England on 2m SSB.
Video of D4Z working EI3KD on 144 MHz…”
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