Propagation can play funny tricks

Worked Madeira Islands Thursday on 17m.  Madeira is more or less east of Atlanta, as it is off the coast of northern Africa, nr Morocco.

My wire antenna is oriented north-south so it’s lobes are east and west.  My beam antenna is pointed due south and presently I cannot rotate it due to faulty rotor controller.

Knowing those facts, one would expect the wire ant to do better in hearing and reaching Madeira and the southward beam worthless.

I heard him fairly well on the windom wire ant but couldn’t break through after several attempts.  Switched to the seemingly sub-optimal beam and not only heard him better, worked him quickly after just 1-2 tries.  Not what I expected!

New band-country, however.

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