Historic trans-Atlantic contact made on 144 MHz

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  1. G4TUT

    G4TUT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Historic trans-Atlantic contact made on 144 MHz

    A historic contact was made on Sunday the 16th June 2019 when the Atlantic was spanned for the first time on 144 MHz.

    D41CV on Cape Verde Islands off the coast of Africa managed to work FG8OJ in Guadeloupe on 144.174 MHz using the FT8 digital mode. The distance was an incredible 3,867 kms.

    To put that into context, the distance from the west coast of Ireland to Newfoundland is 3,000 kms.

    Tropo prediction maps show a path right across the Atlantic and suggest that even more incredble contacts may be possible.

    More info here...


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  2. W0PV

    W0PV Ham Member QRZ Page

    Congrats to all.

    As seen and heard on this web site, which had the video below, signal levels were such that QSO's via ear copied CW Morse code or probably even SSB phone would have been easily accomplished too.

    KM6NFO and KF4ZKU like this.
  3. KM1H

    KM1H Ham Member QRZ Page

    About time this happened and congratulations to the participants. I hope to see many more new records and maybe even on 222 and higher.

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  4. VE2PID

    VE2PID XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Nice shot!
    OT: I saw some comments about the Brendan Trophies. *Notes about Brendan Award: The Brendan Trophies will be awarded for the first traditional mode 2 way contact. Modes permitted are phone and cw capable of being read without machine assistance.

    So a transatlantic 2 meters contact between Europe and America using FT8 would not be valid for Brendan Trophies since it needs to be decoded by a computer.

    However, an FT8 contact between Europe and America would be valid for the Brendan Shields or Brendan Plates.
    GL! de VE2PID

    * Ref: https://www.irts.ie/cgi/st.cgi?brendan
  5. F5VHZ

    F5VHZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Very well done for this milestone qso. I've often dreamt of running an across the atlantic link. I have a way of deploying a broad side antenna with a gain of 18db to link western europe (france) with the Americain East Coast. Ill have a go at it one day, but again well done.
  6. W2REA

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    Wow! Pretty amazing contact. I was pumped when I made a NY to TX 2 meter SSB QSO, just mind boggling what radio propagation can do.
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  7. WA1ZMS

    WA1ZMS Ham Member QRZ Page

    This was some amazing work by the D4-team and all the stations on the other ends of some great QSOs! As a recipient of a Brendan Medal for TA efforts and study, they guys rock!
  8. KI6PMD

    KI6PMD Ham Member QRZ Page

    WOW ! We out here in California now & again get to work Hawaii but that was a real first ! see we do not need sun spots HI HI just a great bit of TROPO ! keep up the great contacts 73' Phil KI6PMD..
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  9. KF4ZKU

    KF4ZKU Ham Member QRZ Page

    Really amazing work guys keep on trying and Congratulations George KF4ZKU!
  10. KM1H

    KM1H Ham Member QRZ Page

    I tried it for a few years about 20 years ago with about 20 dBd antenna gain and 1500W from a homebrew 3CX1000A7 amp and a hilltop that was downhill to the Atlantic in about a 90 degree azimuth arc. Not even a trace heard in EU from the several I contacted. Mode was CW and automatic automatic CQing on a one minute on and off schedule for several hours at a time of "possible" propagation..

    I do hold one of the ARRL 70 cm tropo records from here with only 35W (a broken 100W amp) to similar antenna gain to the very tip of Florida during a 12/16/92 blizzard generated tropo. Distance was 2201 km. On 2M the signal reports with that 1500W amp were often that I was pinning their S meters down to Florida and over to Alabama. To the Northeast I worked to Newfoundland.

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