This weekend, I’ve been participating in the SKCC Weekend Sprint when I get the opportunity in between other obligations. At about 0900 local, I heard F6HKA on 20 meters coming in pretty well with a very fluttery signal. As you can see on the azimuth map for my QTH, the path to France goes right over Greenland, so it’s not a huge stretch to assume that the unique signal quality is due to auroral effects from the increasingly active Sun.
After about an hour of trying, I finally managed to snag a QSO with Bert using 5 watts! A great day for QRP!
Take a listen to this QSO which was recorded a bit before I made my contact with F6HKA. You can definitely hear the watery, fluttery sound of his signal.