Tuesday, February 21, 2017
I worked my 113th DX country with a contact to V26M in Antigua and Barbuda during the ARRL DX Contest a few days ago. I worked ten DX stations within the first hour.
Although I was running my usual 5 watts into my indoor random wire, one of our NAQCC club members (read the next newsletter) worked Australia on 40 meters with about 1/2 watt of power. I felt lucky to make a dozen QRP DX contact in "contest conditions". Working Australia with less than a watt (1/2 a watt) under "contest conditions" is an astounding accomplishment!
Posted by Jspiker at 1:20 PM
Monday, February 13, 2017
I worked Slovenia for the 31st time this evening. I've worked the specific station S57V four different times. The bands are in terrible shape.
The Solar Flux Index is 75. The A Index is 4. The K Index is 2.
The last dozen DX stations I've worked have been in the Caribbean. (with the exception of one in the Netherlands).
Slovenia is due East at 4,679 miles in a straight line. I love the surprise of something unexpected appearing in the log book. I've always said radio is a lot like fishing. You never know what you're going to catch until you throw the line in the water.
Posted by Jspiker at 7:09 PM