10GHz troposferic QSO between Canary Island and Portugal

511 x carregado & 141 x vizualizado

In the evening of 30 of July, a QSO was done between EB8BRZ (IL28HA) and CT1BYM (IM57PC). This was my first ever QSO done at 10GHz between EA8-CT, using troposferic propagation, distance around 1187km. It was also a first for Cecilio, EB8BRZ.

A sectorial beacon was installed in my balcony, direction EA8, with 2W and a 10dBi horn, transmiting CW and Opera. The beacon runs 24×7, helping identifying the possible QSO window. Beacon runs at 10368.825MHz, TCXO disciplined.

The beacon signal was received at EB8BRZ at 19:34UT, so we dicided to go to SSB imediately.

At cecilio, EB8BRZ, the working conditions were a 60cm Procom prime focus dish, 2W, IC-705 for IF.

At CT1BYM QTH, the working conditions were a 60cm offset Kathrein dish, 3W, GPSDO, IC-910H with OCXO.

At 8:06 utc signals peak 9+10dB, excelente conditions! We will test next days a lot more things, including monitoring the Opera mode from the beacon, tracking tropo conditions.

73, Miguel