Wednesday, May 8, 2013
My Second Contact with Oman
For those who read my blog regularly, this picture of Chris (A45XR) should be recognizable. Yesterday afternoon, I heard this station from Oman on the 17 meter band and I was able to work him, for the second time, in a short few months. He pumps a fantastic signal into West Virginia.
My first contact with him was in February and on the 30 meter band. At that time, he was NOT spotted on a cluster. This time I wasn't so lucky and there was quite a pile up. He was working a LOT of stations and it took a little time for me to find his listening frequency.
I didn't think I had a frogs chance of working him under theses conditions, but I couldn't resist the temptation to throw out my call. After about a dozen times, I was about to give up when I decided to "match" his sending speed of around 25 wpm. which, under most conditions, is a bit too quick for me.
Bingo...I heard him respond with N8 ? and again, N8 only, and again. I have no idea if he remembered my call from before (I sincerely doubt it); but he was persistent in getting it correctly, especially more so, when I couldn't resist throwing in the / QRP 3W.
The entire band got "quite" then and he made sure he had me. He was very persistent in sending Congrats N8ZYA QRP at 3W. 559 John.
I was much too tired to make this entry yesterday after a bad nights sleep but I was ecstatic about this second contact. Oman is 7,428 miles from me in a straight line. He's on the southern tip of Saudi Arabia, beside the United Arab Emirates, and on the opposite side of sea across from Iran. A good catch indeed !!
I should know something from the VA in a few days as it takes that long for someone to read the MRI test results. It was a long drive, down and back, in the rain, but certainty worth the effort. I hope to know something soon.
Posted by Jspiker at 2:56 PM