Wednesday, January 2, 2013
This mornings DX contact on 17 meters was F6HKA near Limoges France. Bert and I have worked several times in the last few years. I usually work him on 20 meters (4 times), once on 15 meters, but this morning was the first time on 17 meters. The "window" opened early today about 9:45 am local time.
I attended a wake for a fellow hiker this morning at 10am. Didn't have time to work another DX station before leaving for the drive to the funeral home. Funerals have turned into social events since I've retired. It seems every month someone passed onto the other side.
I heard Hawaii again on 30 meters (WH7W) last night; but way too weak to work. I also heard what I thought was KL4E on 40 meters. I embarrassingly tried to work him because his signal was very strong.
High speed CW (near 30 wpm) makes it easy for me to miss a "dot", and this station turned out to be KR4E. What a difference a "dot" can make....
He slowed down and worked me. It was a mistake on my part. I sent him an e-mail apologizing for the interruption. I could barely hear the other station and thought he was about to sign off the air for the night.
Alaska continues to elude me as well as Hawaii. I'm in a difficult spot to work either of these states.
Posted by Jspiker at 9:02 AM