Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Fantastic DX Day (1000 MPW)
The twenty meter band really opened up this afternoon and I've come to the realization, that when the band is open, I can easily work "across the pond" with four watts of power.
In the beginning, I worked CU2AK in Portugal with my normal five watts of power. I could tell the band was up, so I got brave, and lowered my power another watt to take advantage of the good conditions. The rest of the evening, I worked all my stations with 4 watts of power.
It wasn't long until I recognized a familiar French call F5NBX and he had no trouble hearing me. I was overjoyed when we exchanged the basics. Fred is at 4,103 miles distance from me. This guy has an incredible signal here on the east coast!
It wasn't long until I heard VE1BA/ QRP in Kingston, Nova Scotia calling, and we said a quick hello. (John and I have worked many many times with his 3 watts).
It wasn't long (after that) until I worked EA4TX in Spain. Paul is 4,030 miles with my 4 watts. (need I say more)
But my best contact was still yet to come....
On the 146.060 QRP frequency, I heard F6DCD/ qrp calling! It took a few minutes, to make sure our calls were correct, but we were finally able confirm his 4,262 mile QRP signal from France. Denis was using a 2 element Yagi.
The 2 x QRP was the most exciting for me.
I tried VERY hard to work RT5A in Moscow. Maybe next time? ...
Posted by Jspiker at 5:39 PM