My Most Recent QSO's

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

A New DX Station # 81

I've worked a bunch of DX stations on 30 meters since returning from the Outer Banks of North Carolina. As I noted earlier, I'm not sleeping well, and to pass the time, I turn on the radio to get my mind off the back pain. Sometimes I'm in the right place at exactly the right time.

I was up around 3:30 AM this morning and worked (G3LNA) in St. Albans England. I spent most of my childhood in St Albans, WV so got a kick out of sending the information to him in a brief exchange.

Just around sunrise I heard and worked a very strong VP2MRV on the island of Monserrat in the Caribbean. This is a very small island with a very large volcano in the upper Northern parts. In 1995 it exploded and destroyed about half of the island. The explosion covered the Southern part of the island with tons of ash. There's few "radio operators" here, even today; so I was very happy to add this new station to my DXCC list as 81 now.

Late yesterday evening I heard and worked LY5O in Lithuania. We've worked before but it's always nice to work a station in this country.

I was also able to work OK2SG in the Czech Republic

Here's an interesting station I worked this evening: 

TM0SI was transmitting  from the Island of Sein. 
He is just  off the coast of France for the CDXG IOTA Expedition. 

My daily routine revolves around my back pain and it seems like eternity since I've slept all night. Last night I turned in around 11 PM, noticed the clock at 1 PM, was up at 3:30 AM and worked the England station, caught another short nap, and arose again around sunrise to catch the new DX entity around 6:30 AM.

I take the next dose of pain medication and eat breakfast, read the morning paper, take another short nap and rise again around 8 AM to make my log book entries. It's becoming an awful boring routine but it's nothing I can change for now.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Good morning, I hope you feel better! Back pain can be a nightmare and it usually gets worse when you sleep... When you travel, have you not considered using a Tens Unit to help reduce the pain? Here is a link, it might help: