August 2016: extreme VHF tropo (F, HRV, BIH, I) – part I
August 2016 started with a cold and rainy weather, which continued for more than half of the month. It had some advantages though, as the radio band was clear of tropo signals during peak of the Perseids. Thankfully, the end of August was much more exciting and brought a superior tropospheric ducting propagation conditions. It started with distant Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Austria, France and then, after three days, moved more into central Europe, to a completely unexpected set of countries: Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and… ITALY!
Long range tropospheric ducting was lasting this time for 6 days – starting from August 23 until Sunday, August 28. Because of a very high amount of notable DX receptions, this article describes only the first three days of this awesome tropo opening.