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Sunday, February 26, 2012

DX X 4 on 10 AGN


Despite poor forecasts and a solar flux index of only 107, I still found activity on 10 meters this morning. I worked two new French stations; F4GGQ and F5VNB. I also heard strong stations in other parts of eastern Europe, like TK5KP (France) and MW0ZZK (Wales). As a surprise, I listened to PJ7TM in St Martin, and then heard (and worked) WP4NXO in Puerto Rico. These three stations were worked with 10 watts SSB power. .

I'm surprised to not hear more CW operators on this band. Perhaps I still haven't been listening at the right time and place? I'm certain that I could work both Alaska and Hawaii on this band and I need both of them for WAS.

My only CW catch (and the best prize), was XE1ZW near Mexico City. Bill was pushing a tremendous signal up the east coast. His signal was a 599+ and I thought he was in my local city. He is also a new DX entity (#50) for me. For some strange reason, Mexico has always been difficult for me to capture. My signals rarely go easily towards South America.  

Today's contacts bring my total DX Stations to #172 which have been worked with QRP power and a "simple wire antenna" with NO gain. 

8 comments:

Bert, PA1B said...

Hello John, for the signals to south America, it can be the valley, but it can also be the activity. Congrats on Mexico with your indoor antenna. FB, 73 Bert

Jspiker said...

Hello Bert,

There are times when I wonder if I'll ever earn the "DXCC" award but it's not terribly disappointing to me. My current ambition is to work as many stations as possible with the lowest possible power. Hihi

As you know, there's a silence on the other end when a station hears the "one watt" or less from me. As simple as my station is....I get a big kick out of working QRP regardless of the distance.

I too...think being in this valley has a lot to do with the Southern direction. I'm only at 630 feet elevation. 72's

VE3WDM said...

Good evening John, great work with the indoor antenna I still am trying to get down to Mexico for one more DCCC. I found 12m open this afternoon and was able to contact an op in Greenland with my attic antenna at 5 watts QRP.

Jspiker said...

Hello Mike,

You do an amazing job with QRP and an indoor antenna. Where there's a will, there's a way. I have not worked Greenland but have heard them. I need it for another DX entity.

I'm still looking for Hawaii and Alaska...

VE3WDM said...

John I was able to pin down Alaska and Hawaii in the last ARRL DX CW contest. I find with my setup the best way for me to get the DXCC's is in the international contests.

Jspiker said...

Hello Mike,

You do a fantastic job with your station. I'll nab them one day...
I've heard Alaska on 20 meters and they made a good effort to pull me out of the noise.

My best guess is that 10 or 15 meters is my best chance of working them. Just curious...but what was the band you were using?

Jspiker said...

Hello Mike,

You do a fantastic job with your station. I'll nab them one day...
I've heard Alaska on 20 meters and they made a good effort to pull me out of the noise.

My best guess is that 10 or 15 meters is my best chance of working them. Just curious...but what was the band you were using?

Lee said...

Hey John...

Go to my page at aa4ga.com and drop me a note to get listed in the unofficial QRP DXCC standings. Lots of fun to work DX with little power and little antennas!

73 de Lee