Low VHF in Carcassonne

Some beautiful weather in Carcassonne last week with temperatures up to 28C! The MUF (maximum usable frequency) obliged as well and several NA and SA utility comms were heard between 29.7 and 40.0 MHz.

Here’s 33.6 MHz at 1515 UTC on 30 October 2013:


High MUF 39.040 MHz 15:20 UTC 30 October 2013 – sounds Brazilian


33.78 MHz at 15:29 UTC 30 October 2013:


and 33.74 MHz at 1517 UTC 1 November 2013:


SFI was getting up to 160 and above last week and it’s great to see the F2 propagation bring in some interesting DX.

Equipment used was the Icom 9100 in NFM with 12 kHz filter and Cushcraft R8 vertical. Audio fed out of icom into Acer laptop mic input and recorded with the versatile freeware Audacity.