And no, doing digital modes doesn’t absolve one from the vicissitudes of radio. It merely obscures, in a hubristic brute force way, what is happening within the ground and air.
@bamfic If only we could all have the deep perception of Master Tesla!
HF is weird indeed. VHF has its own peculiarities, too, which I’ve played with for a few years. Especially at dx. Mountain lensing never ceases to astound me. It’s often utterly unknown outside ham circles as a potential low power propagation vector.
Wiki serves it up better than I, natch. The practical applications I learnt from experimentation and elmers. Basically you beam the lense edge to curve over intervening mountains to reach down into valleys. Supposedly ferrous ores play a part in it and reflection, natch, so the palpable effect is one a bit like tropo ducting, but closer dx and with more funky paths.
It’s heaps fun!
@bamfic Oh, it’s so fun on VHF! It blows people’s minds on 146.52 when a beam snags the lens just right to get over mountains.
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