My 100th QRP DX Contact!
A toast of fine red Chilean wine for the occasion!
It was quite by accident that I happened to tune into the 20 meter SSB band so late in the evening. (01:15z) But last night, I worked FIVE new DX stations!
I was totally unaware of the "IARU HF World Championships" contest. I don't participate in many of these because I'm limited to 10 watts and don't have "filters" installed in my radio. I also don't pick up the microphone very often. This was like shooting fish in a barrel but a fish, is a fish, is a fish, when it comes to DX Stations right now. I've been terrified at the latest "dismal propagation forecasts" about the solar cycle.
CE4CT was my first contact in South America and my farthest southern station last night. I was amazed at his signal strength from a distance over 5,000 miles. It took several tries but I eventually worked him.
This is a milestone for me.
The vast majority of my DXCC efforts started to materialize just this year. These five new DX stations now leave my total at 104. While I would have preferred CW contacts, I felt like NOW was the time to act.
I'll post about the other four contacts later. One in Brazil, one in the Cayman Islands, one in the Canary Islands, and the other in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Last night was a VERY good night!