EA6VQ's 144 MHz EME calendar for years 2017 and 2018

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   EA6VQ's EME WEEKEND CALENDAR - 2018    EA6VQ's EME BEST DAYS - 2018 (DGRD < 2.0 dB)
  

Weekend
2018

CONDITIONS on 144 MHz

Jan    06-07

Very good -> Good

13-14

Very poor

20-21

Moderate

27-28

Moderate

Feb     03-04

Very good -> Moderate

10-11

Very poor

17-18

Moderate

24-25

Poor -> Moderate

Mar    03-04

Good -> Moderate

10-11

Very poor

17-18

Moderate

24-25

Poor -> Moderate

31-01

Moderate

Apr     07-08

Very poor

14-15

Moderate

21-22

Moderate -> Good

28-29

Moderate
May    05-06 Very poor

12-13

Moderate

19-20

Good -> Excellent

26-27

Moderate -> Poor

Jun    02-03

Very poor -> Poor

09-10

Moderate

16-17

Excellent

23-24

Poor

30-01

Poor
Jul    07-08 Moderate
14-15 Excellent
21-22 Poor -> Very poor
28-29 Poor -> Moderate

Aug    04-05

Moderate

11-12

Excellent but New Moon on 11th

18-19

Poor -> Very poor

25-26

Poor -> Moderate
Sep    01-02 Moderate
08-09 Excellent but New Moon on 9th
15-16 Very poor
22-23 Moderate
29-30 Moderate

Oct    06-07

Excellent -> Very good

13-14

Very poor

20-21

Moderate

27-28

Moderate -> Poor
Nov    03-04 Very good -> Good
10-11 Very poor
17-18 Moderate
24-25 Moderate -> Poor

Dec   01-02

Good -> Moderate

08-09

Very poor

15-16

Moderate

22-23

Poor -> Moderate

29-30

Moderate
        

Days

CONDITIONS on 144 MHz
Jan 2-6 Best DGRD = 0.2 dB on 4th
Jan 30-Feb 3 Best DGRD = 0.2 dB on 31st
Feb 26-Mar 3 Best DGRD = 0.4 dB on 28th
Mar 26-30 Best DGRD = 0.7 dB on 27th
Apr 22-26 Best DGRD = 0.7 dB on 23rd
May 19-23 Best DGRD = 0.6 dB on 20th
Jun 16-19 Best DGRD = 0.4 dB on 17th
Jul 13-17 Best DGRD = 0.1 dB on 14th (Best conditions of 2018)
BUT New Moon on 13th
Aug 10-13 Best DGRD = 0.1 dB on 11th (Best conditions of 2018)
BUT New Moon on 11th
Sep 6-10 Best DGRD = 0.3 dB on 7th BUT New Moon on 9th
Oct 4-7 Best DGRD = 0.6 dB on 5th
Oct 31-Nov 3 Best DGRD = 0.7 dB on 1st
Nov 27-Dec 1 Best DGRD = 0.6 dB on 28th
Dec 24-28 Best DGRD = 0.4 dB on 25th

   EA6VQ's EME WEEKEND CALENDAR - 2017    EA6VQ's EME BEST DAYS - 2017 (DGRD < 2.0 dB)
  

Weekend
2017

CONDITIONS on 144 MHz

Jan    07-08

Moderate

14-15

Excellent -> Very good

21-22

Poor -> Very Poor

28-29

Moderate and New Moon on 28th

Feb     04-05

Moderate

11-12

Very good -> Good

18-19

Poor -> Very Poor

25-26

Moderate and New Moon on 26th

Mar    04-05

Moderate -> Poor

11-12

Good

18-19

Very poor

25-26

Moderate -> Good

Apr     01-02

Moderate -> Poor

08-09

Good -> Moderate

15-16

Very poor

22-23

Good

29-30

Moderate -> Poor
May    06-07 Moderate

13-14

Very poor

20-21

Good

27-28

Moderate

Jun    03-04

Moderate

10-11

Very poor

17-18

Good

24-25

Moderate and New Moon on 24th
Jul    01-02 Moderate -> Poor
08-09 Very poor
15-16 Moderate
22-23 Moderate and New Moon on 23th
29-30 Moderate -> Poor

Aug    05-06

Very Poor -> Poor

12-13

Moderate

19-20

Good -> Excellent

26-27

Poor
Sep    02-03 Poor -> Moderate
09-10 Moderate
16-17 Very good -> Excellent
23-24 Poor
30-01 Poor -> Moderate

Oct    07-08

Moderate

14-15

Excellent -> Very good

21-22

Poor -> Very Poor

28-29

Poor -> Moderate
Nov    04-05 Moderate
11-12 Very good
18-19 Very Poor and New Moon on 18th
25-26 Poor -> Moderate

Dec   02-03

Moderate

09-10

Very good -> Good

16-17

Very Poor

23-24

Moderate

30-31

Moderate
        

Days

CONDITIONS on 144 MHz
Jan 12-16 Best DGRD = 0.8 dB on 13th
Feb 9-12 Best DGRD = 0.9 dB on 10th
Feb 27 Best DGRD = 1.9 dB on 27th
Mar 8-11 Best DGRD = 1.1 dB on 9th
Mar 26-27 Best DGRD = 1.7 dB on 27th BUT New Moon
Apr 4-7 Best DGRD = 1.1 dB on 5th
Apr 23-24 Best DGRD = 1.8 dB on 23rd
May 1-5 Best DGRD = 1.1 dB on 2nd-3rd
May 29-Jun 1 Best DGRD = 0,8 dB on 30th
Jun 25-29 Best DGRD = 0.5 dB on 26th (Best conditions of 2017)
Jul 23-26 Best DGRD = 0.5 dB on 24th (Best conditions of 2017)
BUT New Moon on 23rd
Aug 19-22 Best DGRD = 0.6 dB on 20th BUT New Moon on 21st-22nd
Sep 16-19 Best DGRD = 0.8 dB on 17th BUT New Moon on 19th
Oct 13-16 Best DGRD = 0.9 dB on 14th
Nov 9-13 Best DGRD = 0.8 dB on 10th
Dec 6-10 Best DGRD = 0.6 dB on 7th

The best EME conditions occur when:

  1. The Earth-Moon distance is at the absolute minimum and
  2. The Moon is in the coldest sky region (less background noise) along the moon path.

The effect of distance is independent of frequency, but sky temperature decreases with frequency, up to ~1 GHz and then levels out. The EME signal-to-noise ratio, in dB, is DGRDaded, from the minimum, by a factor (DGRD, see below), which varies over hourly, daily, weekly, monthly and yearly time periods. As a guide for the basic weekend EME conditions the present calendar lists the expected conditions based on the DGRDadation (DGRD) value. Factors such as local noise, antenna beam width, side lobes, polarization, etc. can also affect the s/n ratio of moon bounce signals.

Conditions:

Summary of EME conditions as controlled by DGRD at 144 MHz and New Moon. Conditions may be worse, due to ionospheric disturbance, local noise and polarity, but not better than indicated.

In general, 144 MHz DGRD:

Within a day of New Moon (NM), high sun noise can make conditions very bad regardless of the DGRD.
 

 
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