My Most Recent QSO's

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Sardinia Italy # 78

The trip to New York was a quick one for a surprise party for my niece who is getting married in late April. It caught her totally blindsided and was well planned. It feels good to be back home again and back on the air once more.

This morning I worked a new DX station (#78) in Sardinia Italy. (IS0GQX) Sardinia is the second largest island in the Mediterranean Sea.

The DX cluster was "down" this morning and made this contact an easy one for me.

This afternoon I made a nice contact into Moscow Russia (RK3ER) and an interesting contact into Greece.

I always like working a "Special Event Station" and found SV2013ATGM promoting the "Eighth International Alexander the Great Marathon" 

All my contacts today have, as usual, been on the 17 meter band.


Dick said...

Hi John. I just threw up my 17M Par antenna again. Not perfect swr but no tuner required. I would be interested in knowing how many European QRP stations with compromise antennas you have contacted. Just a ball-park idea. I have contacted a few USA stations from here so equipped but very few. Most had beams or quads tossing out the QRP. 73 Dick

Jspiker said...

Hello Dick,

I could probably count them on my left hand. Hihi

However, I remember a QRP QSO in the Canary Islands who was using a long wire from a hotel and also a slow freighter (QRP) near So America using a dipole.

My most amazing catch the last few months was an Oman station, on 30 meters, who was using a two element Delta.

I think a good antenna is "everything" at QRP levels. France and Spain are about my most distant contacts with 2x QRP.

VE9KK said...

Good morning John, nice to read about the contacts that your making. The previous blogs I have read talked about poor conditions and no contacts. The house here is all clean and it's not time to get back into blogging and the radio!

Jspiker said...

Hello Mike,

The bands are in bad shape but there's still stations to be worked out there.

I thought today was the "end" of my daily DX contacts but after spending most of the afternoon on the bike; I found FG5FR in Guadeloupe.

Thank goodness for the Caribbean area!