|Here we go - Welcome Sporadic 'E' in 2004
Could this really be true? Sporadic 'E' on 144 that early? When
I saw the messages on the cluster I was pretty sure this must be
MS not Es. But later when I received
the logs from DL and OK I was surprised. Both the YO and LZ were
heard for minutes not only for seconds. So here we are, the first
opening in 2004 on 144MHz occured May 02., amazing. 50 MHz was open
from early morning here and than, not really strong but not bad.
At 09.30 UT MUF was reaching >70 MHz from YO, LZ and UT to DL and
PA0 while YU was heard in southern DL on 50 MHz the same time. Short
distance? Yes. Suddenly at 09.59 UT YO3IZI came out of the noise
at DL0PVD and was heard for 5 minutes and worked as well. Bit later
OK made LZ. A good start into the season and the European VHF/UHF/SHF
contest helped a lot.