Top band DX-ing is real ham radio challenge. 160m is also referred as the "Gentleman's band"...
160 meters - DX-ing on the Edge...

Leden 2009

Solar wind - Topband condx prediction?

16. ledna 2009 v 20:35 | Petr, OK1RP |  Operation topics

another interesting tips for Topband condx prediction coming from Ilmo, OH2BO (thanks to Greg, ZL3IX) as follows...

Ilmo Anttila wrote:

I do follow solar wind and dynamic pressure readings daily. To my opinion both of them indicate very well propagation on topband even better than A and K indexes.
Good rule of thumb is, if solar wind speed is less than 300km/s and dynamic pressure less than 0,5 nPa it is expected very good conditions to JA, NA and even direct over North Pole here in South Finland above 60 degrees North.


Ilmo, OH2BO

Orig.published on Topband mailing reflector

73 - Petr, OK1RP

SV2ASP/A - Mt. Athos on 160m - II.

16. ledna 2009 v 20:08 | Petr, OK1RP |  Band reports

Sri for the false alarm. It seems Monk Apollo dutyies didn't allow him to be on topband agn morning. Any future info it will be shared on the Topband mailing reflector.

73's Agelos-SV3RF

Orig.published on Topband mailing reflector

73 - Petr, OK1RP

SV2ASP/A - Mt. Athos on 160m !

9. ledna 2009 v 18:44 | Petr, OK1RP |  Band reports

Monk Apollo was today for a second day attempting the SR from Mt Athos. Two State Side fellows made it in his log plus several EUs.
He promissed to try to be there for one more day, tomorrow 10th of January around 05:30z at 1843 +/- for those who need.
Although he uses a low dipole barefoot he hears quiet well being in an area free of noise.

Original published on Topband mail reflector by SV3RF-Agelos.

It is unique chance to catch Mt.Athos on Topband so be ready in time on the band.
QSL direct only to :

Monk Apollo
Docheiariou Monastery
63087 Dafni - Mount Athos

The twenty monasteries in hierarchical order are as follows:

A' Holy Monastery of MEGISTI LAVRAB' Holy Monastery of VATOPEDION

C' Holy Monastery of IVIROND' Holy Monastery of HILANDARION

E' Holy Monastery of DIONYSOSF' Holy Monastery of KOUTLOUMOUSION

G' Holy Monastery of PANTOKRATORI' Holy Monastery of XIROPOTAMOS

J' Holy Monastery of ZOGRAFOSK' Holy Monastery of DOCHIARIOS

L' Holy Monastery of KARAKALOSM' Holy Monastery of FILOTHEOS

N' Holy Monastery of SIMON PETRASO' Holy Monastery of SAINT (AGIOS) PAVLOS

P' Holy Monastery of STAYRONIKITASQ' Holy Monastery of XENOPHON

R' Holy Monastery of GREGORIOSS' Holy Monastery of ESFIGMENOS

T' Holy Monastery of PANTELEIMONY' Holy Monastery of KOSTAMONITIS


Mount Athos is situated in the entire third, eastern and most beautiful peninsula of Halkidiki, called the peninsula of Athos. It is the only place in Greece that is completely dedicated to prayer and worship of God.
For this reason, it is called the Holy Mount.
The Holy Mount is about 50 Km in length, 8 to 12 Km in width and it covers an area of about 350 square kilometres.
The borders of the monasterial city are defined on the ground by an imaginary line that starts from the location "FRAGOKASTRO" in the West coast and reaches the cape "ARAPIS" in the opposite end.
The natural beauty of the peninsula is extraordinary. The highest point of Mount Athos is like a huge cone, reaching 2033 metres in height. It's a naked, treeless crest that seems to lance the sky and its slopes are fully covered by ancient evergreens. All these help to create an area of incomparable natural beauty.

Political Situation

The Holy Mount is a self- governed part of the Greek state, subject to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in its political aspect and to the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinopole as regards its religious aspect.
It has been divided into twenty self- governed territories. Each territory consists of a cardinal monastery and some other monastic establishments that surround it (cloisters, cells, cottages, seats, hermitages).
All the monasteries are communes (of a convent nature) which means that there is common liturgy, prayer, housing, nourishing and work among the monks. The Superior of the monastery, being elected by the monks for life, is responsible for the affairs of the monastery. The Superiors of the monasteries are members of the Holy Assembly and exercise legislative authority.
Moreover, every year the monastery elects its representative to the Holy Community which exercises administrative authority, while the Holy Supervision exercises executive authority and consists of 4 members, elected by the 5 hierarchically preceding monasteries.

73 - Petr, OK1RP