Propagation From 3YØZ to You
The propagation prediction videos below were created using the work of Stu, K6TU and are based on the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s estimate of average sunspot numbers for January of 2018. Propagation prediction engines have difficulty predicting 160 meter propagation, since none model grayline propagation. As expected, your best opportunities for working Bouvet on 160 meters will be at sunrise and sunset, due to grayline propagation.
We will not enjoy the tremendous 10 meter propagation that we did from FT5ZM. However, light openings may spread across southern Africa and North America.
Signals will be weak, but their distribution extends to more of the world. North America appears to have the best chance of 12 meter QSOs.
Again, signals may not be strong, but potential coverage increases. Europe, Asia, the Americas and Oceania may all see openings on 15.
Signal strength will imporve compared to 15, and worldwide openings are likely. This appears to be New Zealand’s best band. Seventeen will keep us busy.
Twenty will be our “workhorse” band. If you can’t work us anywhere else, this will be your watering hole. If you need Bouvet for an ATNO, we’ll be there on 20 for you.
It looks like 30 will behave in its usual manner: worldwide openings with signals not quiet as strong as those on 20 or 40. It’s a band we will watch 24/7.
Predictions say signals should should pound into Europe, Asia, the Americas and Oceania. This will be a very important band for us — and for you, too.
Wow! These predictions are based on 100 watts at each end with non-gain antennas. Propagation lights up the world! This band could be exciting.
Predictions indicate good signals, worldwide. Combining this with the low noise we anticipate on Bouvet means we should get lots of stations in our 80 meter log.
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