What an amazing day on 10m! The band has been wide open into Europe and the Middle East just about all day, and the stations have been wall to wall. As well as 10m, 12m and 17m have been very active as well today, with lots of great DX showing up.
I was very pleased at 1555Z to have Dattatry, VU2DSI, from Ahmednagar, in Central India pick me up, and on my first call to him. Made my day!
I cannot remember ever actually hearing an Indian station on the air. I've seen lots of them posted on the DX Cluster, but to work them on the very first call is just amazing.
The past few months have been fantastic on 10m, I remember my Dad, the "original" VE7CVQ, working the world on 10m back in 1992/1993. Let's hope these conditions last until months end and the next big contest!
Sunday, 2 March 2014
What a great weekend on the bands! The ARRL International SSB Contest certainly brought hams out of the woodwork and on the air.
When I looked at the SFI numbers on Thursday to see what was going on, I thought we would all be twiddling our thumbs on Saturday and Sunday, but instead it turned around and the conditions where pretty good after all.
40m didn’t make me smile very much; I only managed to make a total of four contacts on that band all weekend long. I was hearing lots of stations, the problem was nobody was calling “CQ Contest”, and nobody was answering my CQ calls either. Both 20m and 15m sort of got left behind in the rush that was 10m. I made 31 contacts on 20m, 30 contacts on 15m, and 261 contacts on 10m.
Furthest contact of the weekend was with JA2AXB in Shizuoko City, Japan on 10m.
The Band Police must have taken the weekend off as I didn’t hear any of them about all weekend. However, there is one gentleman, and I really do use that term loosely, who spent a couple of hours Saturday afternoon jamming contesters on 14.235. Apparently it was his personal frequency and he objected most strongly to anyone who got close. His foul mouth and racist rants had to be heard to be believed. I hope somebody caught his callsign and managed to tape him so the FCC can also hear him. He certainly doesn’t deserve to be a ham with his attitude.
Let’s all hope the last weekend of the month is just as good for the CQ WW WPX SSB Contest.
Wednesday, 19 February 2014
Coming up in two weeks is the ARRL International SSB DX Contest. Contest runs from 0000Z, March 1st to 2400Z, March 2nd.
Looking forward to getting back on the air, both HF antennas seem to have survived the long winter we have had this year, and are both working well.
Looking at my logbook entries for last years contest it seemed that the European stations were in the majority on the Saturday, and the South Americans and Caribbean stations were the majority on Sunday, We’ll see if it’s the same this year.