View Poll Results: Rate the 2011 E skip Season

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  1. #11
    dxer2_2000 Guest

    Default RE: Rate the 2011 E skip Season

    conversely, our winter Es season (minor peak) has been very active & well above avg this year. Many Band II (FM) openings noted this winter. Peaked in June.

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    I voted 'Poor.' Es this year had little variety, very short, sparse openings, and a serious lack of new logs compared to previous years. I also didn't get one opening into MN/SD/ND/WI--one geographical area that I usually get at least 3-4 openings from each year, and a huge chunk of new logs from. I have a detailed review of the 2011 Es season on my website, click here to read it. On a 10-point grading scale, I graded it a "D."

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    This has been the worst one since 2005. Only the late season TV logs from Canada salvaged things. Nothing like the 2009 and 2010 summer seasons. FM and 6M got short shrift though because of trying to log Canadian TV this year. But things will be interesting next year with some Canadians on low VHF DTV.

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    I think it's safe to say the Spring / Summer E-skip season has run it's course.

    Even though the poll is closed I'd give this season an, overall, average grade.

    Canadian DX was, maybe, a little below average.

    Cuban DX was about average.

    Mexican DX was unstoppable. It was definitely above average. Even though I've already got a logbook full of Mexican DX I did manage to find a couple of new ones... XHKYU 3 Tizimin, YU and XHCJ 4 Nueva Rosita, CO.

    DTV was a bust. It had it's moments but I didn't log any new stations. :-(

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    Last edited by NN2E; 08-26-2011 at 04:48 PM.
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    I'd give it a "good" based upon the sheer volume of Es. Seems like every night when I got home from work there would be strong DX - and this is a HUGE improvement over last year. There wasn't a lot of variety - it was usually the same stations - but the simple fact that signals were present was a positive. Much better than looking at snow any day, which is what last year seemed to be.

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    The 2011 Es season was a mixed bag for me.

    I would rate it average overall.

    However, it was excellent for Es from Mexico; average for Cuba DX; poor for Canada DX; poor for US DX; and poor for Central America DX.

    In spite of domestic Es being poor, I somehow managed to log two low-power DTVs via Es.

    These two pages pretty well prove my point about Mexico, Cuba, and Central America.
    http://tvdxexpo.com/mexicotvdx/border2.html
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    In terms of raw FM Es time here http://www.qsl.net/wa5iyx/iyxfmsum.htm no complaints. Having no workable 2-m Es events was a let down (just two VA beacons on Jun 10). The quick PI RDS decodes on the Sangean HDT-1x added immensely to idents vs 2008-2010 with the XDR-F1HD. Plenty of DTV Es decodes - though not much variety (one new Ch 6 that way) with 46-mi away KCWX-DT-5 taking away the most-populated low-VHF US DTV slot.

    73, Pat - WA5IYX

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    RE: DTV-5... WTVF is 100 miles and WMC is 140 miles...Even at these distances the QRM is really a problem when trying to DX DT-5. I can only imagine what it's like to have one just 46 miles away.

    With a little luck, WTVF will pull the plug on ch 5 if / when they move to ch 25.

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    Your TV gets 512 channels, but you go outside to use the bathroom.
    Your new TV is sitting on top of your old TV.
    Your TV costs more than all of your other furniture.
    Your deer-stand has a TV antenna on it.
    Your cable provider has no idea that you exist."
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    Since I posted my E-skip summary, two weeks ago, I've had three more E-skip events from Cuba and Mexico. Now you know why it's called "Sporadic" E-skip.
    73, Ed NN2E
    Owner / Operator - Murphy's Law Test Site & Thunderstorm Proving Grounds
    "You Might Be a Redneck If...
    Your TV is on 24/7.
    Your TV has been permanently on for over a decade.
    The only time your TV is off is during a power outage.
    Your TV gets 512 channels, but you go outside to use the bathroom.
    Your new TV is sitting on top of your old TV.
    Your TV costs more than all of your other furniture.
    Your deer-stand has a TV antenna on it.
    Your cable provider has no idea that you exist."
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