The latest foray on to 2m could not have come at a better time, first the Stations available for signals, second the Aircraft activity and third the Weather conditions.
I always keep an eye on the sky over my QTH, we are ideally sited, only a few months ago the only flying Vulcan played at the end of our road, it was the turning point for an impromptu displaying at Sywell, here he was joined by the local Flying Club boys and Pit Special Display Team assembling at his wing tips, when he flew off home he flew down our street.
On the 9th of June we were not testing on 2m when the Dacota of the Battle of Britain Flight flew low over my garden, probably hopping his was home from the D Day Celebrations.
On the 12th of June again we had stopped the test when the biggest Aeroplane in the world flew what looked like low, yes, over my garden. The Antonov 225 was en route to East Midlands Airport. I didn’t get a photo, there is one on Wikipedia.
What a reflector that would have made.
Earlier in the day we were having some success with 2m DX WSPR and some local Via Aircraft Scatter WSPR decodes, (Bingo Sessions).
Then came this Capture from my Omnidirectional Antenna of the WSPR from G8EUX.
A sine wave? Was an Aircraft continually circling on the signal path between G8EUX and G3ZJO. Well I had noted a clutch of 5 Gliders around G8EUX QTH. And took a Grab.
They headed North and later took the same(very similar)course back to Basingstoke, again when they flew South I captured sine wave reflections an again spotted the likely culprit.
Later I Plotted the EUX – ZJO path on Google Earth.
I then transferred that line to the close up of the gliders path.
No cheating here, the map detail is different and on a different scale, there a couple of lakes NNW of M1 J15A, a good index point on the signal path. Interestingly the Gliders circled in thermals both on their way North and on their return. Yes they circled over Sainsburys Weedon Road. There is an awful lot of tarmac at Sixfields and Westgate Estates and Methane still being released from the waste landfill which was dumped there when I was a lad too.
This raised some thoughts, do wood / plastic Gliders reflect ie show up on Radar. Google it, yes they do.