Listen to hams regularly chatting SIMPLEX from the Santa Cruz mountains down to Southern California on 2-meters and 440 MHz . No linking nor repeaters needed. No satellites - just some hot air!
Imagine hearing a 2-meter signal from HAWAII, 2,500 miles away, coming in for DAYS during July! No linking, no satellites, all from HOT air! (hams are good at that!)
This will be a fun evening of range extension tropo ducting, explained by Gordon West, WB6NOA, coming to MDARC via Skype, this Friday night! Hear some radio signals that you will find hard to believe.
....thanks to some HOT AIR! ......
Gordon has been a ham for nearly 50 years and holds the top Extra Class license. He also holds the highest FCC commercial radiotelephone operator license, the First Class General Radiotelephone Certificate with Radar Endorsement. Gordon is a Fellow Member of the Radio Club of America.
Starting in the late 1950s "Gordo," as he is known, worked for some of the big names in the field helping to develop several innovative pieces of equipment. In the 1980s Gordon and his wife Suzy, N6GLF, began teaching ham radio classes at college and marine venues and authored Amateur Radio training books sold by Radio Shack and equipment dealers around the country. Gordon remains active from 75 meters through 10 GHz, spending at least a couple hours on the air every day, helping new hams make friends on the many nets he runs.
In addition, Gordon volunteers with the American Red Cross communications team in Orange County , California, and regularly offers free kids' classes and classes for cities to support their Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT).
NOTE: We're meeting in the church Sanctuary this month, so park in the upper parking lot.