View Poll Results: What's Your Final Grade for the 2009 Es Season?

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  • A---Excellent

    2 11.76%
  • B---Good

    8 47.06%
  • C---Just Barely Passing

    5 29.41%
  • D---Poor

    2 11.76%
  • E---A Disaster

    0 0%
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Thread: Grading the 2009 Es season

  1. #1
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    Default Grading the 2009 Es season

    Since the Es seems to be done, it's probably time to look back at the season and assign grades. For me, ( and this is FM only ) it ends up about a B-. A reasonable number of openings, but nothing here going NE, nothing going deep except one opening to PR. No new countries despite lots of effort put into looking for Mexico.

    Perhaps someone who can do so can actually turn this into a real poll since I couldn't seem to make it work.
    Russ Edmunds
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    This data does not consider "quality" of events, only the gross-time open (an x-min date could have had 2 or 3 stations from one state or 50+ from a dozen or more) nor other things like range (multi-hop) or new stations/countries (all that's just too subjective). However, the times are adjusted to take into account spotty events with lots of f/outs.
    http://www.qsl.net/wa5iyx/fmes05bdc.htm
    http://www.qsl.net/wa5iyx/fmes06bdc.htm
    http://www.qsl.net/wa5iyx/fmes07bdc.htm
    So one of those years with more FM Es here in Jul than Jun.
    After the close of Aug this graph will be updated
    http://home.swbell.net/pjdyer/iyxsusum.htm

    73, Pat- WA5IYX

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    May - June 28th at Southern California location: D

    Es season started early with a few spotty openings in late April and early May, which gave me a bit of false hope. From then on, Es were few and far between, with only one major opening on June 9th. Grade would be an F, but taking into consideration that I had virtually no open frequencies and terrain on much of my Es horizon, I'll be nice and give it a D.

    July 1st - August 15th (most recent Es opening) at current TN location: B+

    If measured by my expectations and prior experience with Es - I would not hesitate to give an A+, as just the last part of the Es season here yielded 173 Es logs, which is 4.5 times more than my total Es log in CA from June '08 - June '09. I'm very happy with this, particularly considering my equipment limitations in a studio apartment.

    More objectively, the frequency of openings was not staggering, but there were several quality openings, particularly toward the west. The 7/15 opening to Mexico, 7/17 opening to NE/CO/NM, and the 7/29 opening to multiple directions were all very good openings that produced strong signals and the latter two with some short distances.
    Bryce Foster - K4NBF (formerly KG6VSW)
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    For FM Es, the 2009 season gets a B from me. A nice selection of openings from all areas.
    The season started way too late and ended way to early which accounts for my not giving a better rating.

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    I guess this was a good Es season here. Total FM log went from 2430 to 2724 since May 1 so cannot complain about "quantity"

    1 double hop FM Es reception which is a first and breaks my distance record.

    Oddly enough long tropo regularly continued well into the summer, even into early August including Texas and Mexico coasts, Tennessee, south Florida, South Carolina, etc. Paths that have never been observed past May since setting up the "good tuners and antenna" in 2005. Several tropo events good enough to even bring in new stations.

    Also rather interesting is the lack of openings to the Caribbean. Last fall to spring this year a Kohl's department store was built in the previously vacant lot adjacent to me to the southeast. This may be blocking Es! Only 2 or 3 wimpy openings occured this season to Cuba, Jamaica, Dominican, etc.. coincedence? See pics attached. Their back 2 story wall is 100 feet from my place.

    Catching the two 93.9 27 and 38 watt translators in New Jersey and Massachusetts within seconds of each other on July 13 was great. As was the super opening to Central America on July 25 and strong Es northeast with 2 meters included on July 29.
    Not much Es in August. My complaints are only one decent Es opening occured on a weekend this summer. Saturday July 25. Sunday July 12 wasnt bad to Mexico but didn't last long.

    FM Es was noted on 61 days this year between May 1 - Aug 31.
    2008 54 days
    2007 68 days
    2006 61 days
    I wasn't recording every day in the 2005 season so will leave that out

    longest FM Es receptions this season
    92.3 CKOZ Corner Brook, Newfoundland 1967 miles
    92.3 KTAR Glendale, AZ 1500 miles
    93.9 KMGN Flagstaff, AZ 1474 miles
    88.7 KNAU Flagstaff, AZ 1474 miles
    99.1 KCAD Dickinson, ND 1425 miles
    103.9 WVOM Howland, ME 1416 miles
    107.7 WBQI Bar Harbor, ME 1401 miles


    11 FM Es logs under 600 miles this season


    93.9 WMIA Miami Beach, FL 499 miles
    93.9 WLCL Sellersburg, IN 541 miles
    93.9 KSPQ West Plains, MO 544 miles
    95.3 WUME Paoli, IN 553 mi
    93.9 KOYN Paris, TX 566 mi
    93.9 WKSL Carey, NC 580 mi
    95.9 KTRI Mansfield, MO 583 mi
    94.7 WQDR Raleigh, NC 591 mi
    97.3 KXUS Springfield, MO 592 mi
    99.1 WSLQ Roanoke, VA 596 mi
    92.3 WXLK Roanoke, VA 596 mi
    Last edited by KW4RZ; 09-04-2009 at 08:21 PM.
    Randy KW4RZ Fort Walton Beach, Florida panhandle EM60

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    OK, for a more-compact table that's a lot easier on the eyes http://home.swbell.net/pjdyer/iyxfmsum.htm than my by-day monsters were (and this includes event counts).

    And, yes, Randy, that appears to be a pretty fair rf shield next to you there as even if it's not laced with structural steel girders its contents are bound to be more metallic (and 100-MHz resonant) than a typical residence would be.

    73, Pat - WA5IYX

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    The walls are monstrous slabs of pre-fab concrete reinforced with rebar, as in the second picture. Steel beams make up the floor and roof supports. As any typical dept store it's loaded with metal shelves and displays. Probably similar to having a mountain next door. This may also be dampening the overloading effects of the local FM transmitters which are also in this direction.
    Randy KW4RZ Fort Walton Beach, Florida panhandle EM60

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    Unless you're strictly an FM DXer, it is really hard to compare 2009 with other seasons, as the TV landscape completely changed with the DTV transition.

    Up here in the North, the summer Es season was "retarded", with very little Es in may (though DX Sherlock showed there was a lot of Es for those East and South of me [Michigan] operating on 6m). There was a great opening on 1 June, but it was not until 11 June (day before transition) that things really picked up.

    From mid-June to a little after the middle of July, the sheer quantity of Es was huge (almost like July 1987), and digital transition mean locals were no longer a problem on channels 2,3, and 4. WPBT 2 was seen on 17 days during their nightlight operation! The season reminded me of the years I would be at a cabin on Platte Lake (Benzie county, NW lower MI), with no lowband locals, and, in some years, hours upon hours of low-grade E-skip, sometimes all-night (this was about 1979-1984).

    Note that this contrasted sharply with most of the years in the early 2000's, when Es began early in May, getting my hopes up for a blockbuster season, but the seasons would virtually end in early June.

    There were also a few openings where the FM band came to life.

    In late July, this season came to a very abrupt halt, but it left me with a lot of logs to type.

    One thing I noticed about this season and last was a downfall in 6-meter activity. It took a pretty good opening to being the 6m SSB hams to their rigs this year, and 6m FM seems to be completely dead. 2 meters, incredibly, also seems to have gone the way of Wometco Home Theater. I never though I would be able to hear a totally clear band, all hours, day and night, day after day, in a metro area of 3,500,000 people!

    Rob, N8NU
    Last edited by Robert Grant; 08-22-2009 at 05:05 PM. Reason: added ham band notes

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    My initial plan for the Es season was to work on the Winegard CA-5254 VHF antenna and put up the Antennacraft 10-element low-band yagi or the Finco 10-element channel 2 yagi. After replacing the Winegard's lead-in with new RG-11, replacing the rotor, and connecting a new CM 4-way distribution amp, my son and I decided to wait on putting up another antenna. The Winegard actually performed better after the tuneup.

    I agree with Robert that TV DXing this summer would be difficult to compare to past summers. Nevertheless, I think the season is deserving of a B. Unfortunately, it did get off to a slow start, and July was the most-productive month. Nothing over 1400 miles was received, and very little under 600 miles was received. XHPN-3 was, in fact, the only Es log under 500 miles. Interestingly, with my local KTBS-3 off, XHPN was first logged via tropo on July 9 and via Es on July 13.
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    I want to add this comment about the season. In May, 2007 I logged my third DTV via Es. Two years went by before my next new DTV via Es log. I received KVBC-DT2 and WKYC-DT2 numerous times during that two year drought, and had plenty of signals hit the signal meter on channels 2, 4, and 5. Yet, nothing new decoded.

    On June 12, with my local KTAL-6 and a number of other low-band stations off, WPVI-DT6 was logged. The drought was over. In the weeks to follow, seven more new DTVs were logged via Es.

    Es DTV logs were way up for DXers this summer.

    However, as we all know, those loggings weren't so much the product of a good Es season as the result of a major decrease in CCI.
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