Welcome to Tropical band

To most people the phrase "tropical bands" bring a pretty clear picture to mind - a bunch of shirtless guys playing calypso music. But to experienced shortwave DXers those two little words express the most challenging and enjoyable part of the radio hobby. The phrase kindles memories of a DXer's best catches and favorite QSLs, of exotic stations, music and of early morning listening sessions. (Don Moore)
I like the "Tropical band" name for new 60m allocation. (OK1RP)

Effective from 1st Jan 2017 please paper QSL via OM-bureau only.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Sunset-watchers on 5MHz - II. by Peter, G3PLX

Hi all,

there I am posting another interesting comment from Peter, G3PLX about the GL phenomenon. The original article I posted already here on the blog:



I have not done any study of greyline propagation so I cannot say much about it, but I am sure that there is nothing 'magic' about the exact local sunset time, since the path is not at ground-level but high in the sky. In the case of long distance paths, there will be a big effect of the D-layer absorption, and the D-layer is much lower than the F-layer so the D-layer sunset will be only about half an hour later than at the ground and not an hour or more as it is at the F-layer height.

But, as I said in my posting, that's not the whole story and there is no sudden 'best time' at sunset, even at D-layer sunset. The D-layer absorption is getting lower and lower, starting well before the sun sets and it doesn't reach the minimum absorption until some time after sunset, so it's not clear how the 'best greyline time' will relate to the exact sunset time. If your experience is that there is a peak in the signals, then that must mean that there is another effect which is making the signals weaker AFTER darkness comes, and the peak that you experience is the overlap between (or the gap between..) the two effects. For the higher bands it may be that this second effect is the F-layer MUF dropping through the band, but I don't think this
can be true for 160m dx, so I cannot guess the answer.

But for sure there is no good reason to set your clock too accurately!
Start listening well before sunset and keep listening until much later!

Peter, G3PLX

It will be very helpful to get some comments from another DXers regarding the SS/SR effect on the propagation specially on the LF and mainly over here on 60m band.
Do not hesitate to pot Your comment below or let me know by email I can post it on the blog to share with all of us.

73 - Petr, OK1RP

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