weather/propagation interactions

Bruce Draper <bruceaa5b@...>

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    -Bruce AA5B

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 11:19 AM
Subject: Save the Date Announcement: DDCC Zoom™ Presentation by Jim G3YLA on Weather and Propagation


Deep Dixie Contest Club (DDCC) members and special guests—


SAVE THE DATE!!   Thursday, November 5 @ 7:30 PM Central STANDARD Time —>  0130z


We are extremely excited to bring an entirely new flavor to our Deep Dixie CC Zoom™ Learning Series programs!   We’re bringing real DX to the podium this time!

Our speaker for this next session on Thursday evening, November 5, is Jim Bacon G3YLA, from near Norwich, United Kingdom.  So, please pass the word far and wide to make sure we have lots of contesters joining us for what will surely be an informative and invigorating presentation on elements of weather and propagation to enhance our contesting results.


About our speaker:  Jim Bacon G3YLA 

              Jim Bacon has been a professional meteorologist since 1968 and, although retired now, remains intrigued by weather and propagation.  He is a seasoned operator and contester, especially in the realm of VHF and UHF.  He is a valued and long-time member of the Norfolk Amateur Radio Club (NARC) in Norwich, UK.  In recognition of his stellar prowess as an operator, he was inducted into the First Class Operators Club (FOC).  Jim’s interest in and substantial experience as a meteorologist for the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) have aided him in becoming known more widely as a valuable expert in the areas of weather and propagation.  As such, he was asked to serve as a member of the RSGB Propagation Studies Committee.  He has written many articles and presented at the RSGB Convention and HAMSCI gathering in recent years.  For more details on this aspect of Jim’s life, check out his page.  You will find that quite interesting.

              As an example of Jim’s meteorological broadcasting expertise, I found this charming YouTube video available.   Quite certainly, our next guest presenter is adored among his friends, colleagues, and viewers in the UK.  So, just tap into this short YouTube video and enjoy a brief tribute to this outstanding gentleman —


PLEASE invite all radio enthusiasts to join us for this presentation!  Pass the word around.  Post it to all your club members.




Date:  Thursday, November 5, 2020 (even though the meeting begins on Nov 6 according to Zulu time)

Time:  7:30 PM Central STANDARD Time.   That will be 0130z.

Speaker:  Jim Bacon  G3YLA

Topic:  Contester’s Guide to Weather and Propagation

Description:  There are many areas of amateur radio operating in which we think of the solar conditions as the main determinant of outcomes on the bands.  There are, however, numerous propagation modes where the weather plays an important role.  This talk will explore some of the ways that you can increase your chances of success on the bands by remaining in the troposphere and employing a little knowledge of the weather.  

              My two main areas of interest and professional experience are Tropo and Sporadic E, which although is up above 100km, we can show important links to what the weather does below 15km! This can be a good thing because it provides a way to second guess in which directions the openings might develop.  If you have never worked sporadic E before, I guarantee you will next season by adding just one thing into your daily amateur routine next summer.

              Please join me for my talk on Weather and Propagation to find out about the scene on the VHF bands in Europe and we can explore the possibility of applying similar practices in the States.



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Larry Anderson is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.


Topic: Deep Dixie CC Zoom™ Presentation: Contester’s Guide to Weather and Propagation

Time: Nov 5, 2020 07:30 PM Central STANDARD Time (US and Canada) — 0130z


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