Yesterday evenings contact into the Dominican Republic was technically a contact for today considering GMT times and dates; but this morning I hit the jackpot with two stations between 4,450 miles and 5,169 miles.
The first was IK2SND in northern Italy near the Swiss border. It was a weak signal but fortunately the operator was patient and repeated his call several times in order for me to verify it correctly. I was only able to work him on the high nulls of the signal. I was amazed he could hear me.
The second station was a "nightmare".... but finally resolved due to "one" posting on the DX cluster by WA3GM in Pennsylvania. I sent Greg (WA3GM) an e-mail expressing my gratitude for his efforts. I saw no other posting and no other stations working this club station in Bulgaria. (he was not visible on the cluster when I worked him)
This club call was unbelievably confusing for me. I knew it was in Bulgaria but, despite my best efforts, I could NOT copy the entire string of characters and numbers. I'm not a high speed CW op but can usually copy around 25 WPM (DX contact). Despite my best efforts, I could NOT get this operator to slow down. He moved on quickly when he repeated my call correctly and I acknowledged with a QSL.
I found this call VERY difficult to copy ------ LZ1771SDG -----
This club station isn't the first I've worked in Bulgaria, but was undoubtedly the most difficult for me to copy. Without the spot on the cluster, I would have had to write this off at a loss.
This morning was my 6th contact into Bulgaria and my 14th into Italy.