at D4C there are experiments going on on 2m FT8.
Thanks to Mark EA8FF, D4C station was upgraded in a way that FT8 mode is manageable on remote. We run several hundreds of HF FT8 QSO signing D41CV.
Operators are now attentive to the next days tropo condx to operate the station as per the following information just released:
As there might be tropo across the Atlantic sometimes around next Tuesday onward, D41CV station (located in Cape Verde), WW Locator HK76MU will be attentive to any opening.
Please spread the info if anybody across has FT8 on 2.
D41CV remote crew will operate on
FT8 144.174 1000Hz.
Power 6 W FT8 GPS locked into a 5el yagi.
I will participate in an International Multi-team (Franch-Slovenian-Swiss) under the callsign TM2W from JN37NV (Grand Ballon in Alsace at 1424m ASL) during next 144MHz contest.
Hope to work many stations.
GL to all participants.
On May 6, 2015 history was made on contact across the Atlantic on VHF bands on the W-E path: The new D4C 2m beacon was received on Tropo for several hours in the Caribbean by PJ4VHF Dave on Bonaire on almost 4700km path. The band was open for 90 minutes from 0100-0230 UTC May 6, 2015. Report 519 on a TS-2000 with 2 x 13 element yagis.
Beacons were set up from the Monteverde Contest Team D4C and in particular by HB9DUR and IZ4DPV. We thanks HB9OK Tera radio club for providing the old unused equipment laboratory tested from HB9BCD Carlo. We are glad that our efforts help the VHF community. Let’s work for more with the aim of a two-way communication.
We are encouraging any Caribbean and south American station with 2m capability to keep listening to D4C/B on 144.436 MHz and to spread out the news as well as stations in the U.K. on the other direction.
Thanks to PJ4VHF Dave for this fantastic reception and happy DX’ing on VHF.
Recorded reception: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZmBANS5ong&feature=youtu.be
Check the updated Tropo maps by world areas here: http://www.dxinfocentre.com/tropo_nat.html#hour6
73, Andrea Bianchi HB9DUR
Nice Tropo ducting on 2m on April 3, 2015 from CT1HZE IM57 to D4C/B HK76 (2764km) and ED8ZAA/B IL18 (1218km). The signals were present for many hours. Perfect for Tropo + MS path tests to EU.