Can’t resist sharing this email about last night’s tropo opening

    The following email came to me this afternoon via the VHF email list.   (    Anyone can sign up for this list, and you probably should.   It’s not a high-volume list, but seems like most VHF guys read it.   The list rules and info are at   

    If you are looking for last night’s SSB net reports or tonight’s 146.43 FM net info, scroll down the page a bit.  

    Here’s N1LF Les’ email about last night’s big opening:  It is shared with his permission.

Forgive my excitement—because I’m sure that this week’s tropo openings in the Southeast and Midwest are not exactly the stuff of legends to most VHF men.   But to a newcomer like me, it seems like the opening of a lifetime.  Despite having only limited time to spend at the radio, I got all treats and no tricks!

On Wednesday night, I managed to work five new grids and dozens of stations that had previously only been worked via WSJT meteor scatter.  The band was literally filled with signals, as I tuned across the band hearing QSO’s in
progress from 144.170 all the way up to 144.220.  It was hard for me to believe!

I’m sure that this has something to do with the veil between ourselves and the spirit world being thinnest at this time of year, and all that.  But be in voodoo, hoodoo, or just that Old Black Magic, I’ll certainly take some of this

I worked stations from Iowa, Missouri, Tennessee, Kentucky, Florida, South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, and Arkansas, all in one magical evening!   (KC9BQA notes that Minnesota and N and W Wisconsin also got in on this opening)    

You may say that these conditions were caused by atmospheric conditions, related to a pressure boundary, and all that scientific mumbo-jumbo, but you guys can’t kid me.  This was black magic! How else can you explain someone
over 900 miles away telling a station with a 6 element indoor beam that his signal was “So loud, literally booming in!” Or reports from three states away of  “S-9+, you’re the loudest signal on the band!”

Nah, I was married on Halloween, 27 years ago—so I know a thing or two about this darkest of holidays.  You can try to feed someone else your lies about this tropo stuff.  You guys should just come clean and admit that you’ve made
a deal with the devil.

Regardless, as they say in Texas Hold ‘Em…I’m all in!  Now at 70 grids worked on 2 Meters with my indoor antennas, I’ll gladly make a bargain with Lucifer for the next 30 grids!

Happy Halloween, indeed!


Les Rayburn, N1LF

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