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a tale of two conditions?   
Wednesday, January 30 2019

Haven't seen any IRCA replies on this Mark, but
N7DF recently walked back his comments a bit
after seeing quite a few of the other 160m
contestants saying how poor conditions had been.

My own comments that you quoted were from Sunday
morning, traditionally a time when contests on
160m are winding down, and people throw in the
towel if it doesn't look like they'll add any
more contacts to what they've already
made. Saturday morning here was a bit better
than Sunday, but still not anywhere up to what
one might expect from geomagnetic conditions.


At 05:23 2019-01-29, Mark Connelly via IRCA wrote:

I wasn't active but I'm very curious as to what
everyone else noted over the weekend based on the reports below.

Mark Connelly, WA1ION
South Yarmouth, MA

Exhibit A
Date: Sun, 27 Jan 2019 16:03:56 +0000 (UTC)
From: N7DF <n7df@yahoo.com>
To: TopBand List <topband@contesting.com>
Subject: Topband: really good conditions

Unbelievable signals in CQ160 this weekend..many
stations 40 over on my FT1000 and several TX and
AZ signals pegged the meter at 60 over

PJ2T was 35 over most of the time
lost my receiving antennas to storms in December and had to use cage only
still have right wrist in cast so have to hunt and pounce only QLF but had fun
73 Larry

Exhibit B
From: Nick Hall-Patch <nhp@ieee.org>
To: Mailing list for the International Radio Club of America
Subject: [IRCA] TPÂ 27 Jan Victoria version.

This morning might take the title for the season's worst...

pretty darn good audio (all of it understandable
by a native speaker, at least briefly):

not by any means

Reasonable audio at times during the period
(much of it understandable by a native speaker,
though often battling with splash or noise):

the above passing through

not so reasonable audio, occasional words or
phrases in splash or noise could be understood by a native speaker:

not in the slightest


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