Low Bands Are Alive and Well
With the upswing in 10 meter propagation conditions, I feared that this might not be good for low band DXing. Fortunately I was wrong. On Top Band for example, it is beginning to look pretty good. I worked my first JA this season this morning (JA7NI) on 1813 – his favorite frequency – at 6:15 AM local. His signal came up to 579 by 6:25 and faded out around 6:35. I also heard Will, K6ND, get him. The 4s have been working JAs for the last couple of weeks.
JA signals last about a half hour longer to somewhat after 7:00 AM on 80 meters with Takar, JA7BXS, the easiest to work. K6ND really gets around, as I heard Will work JA7BXS this morning. If you are up a bit earlier around 5:55 AM, listen for the outstanding signal of XU7ACY who is workable on 3513 KHz.
Just hearing JAs on 80 or 160 can be rather exciting, so get up early and turn on your radios. GL!
— John, W1XX