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After Dayton I took a short motorcycle vacation. While up on Mt Mitchell in North Carolina I worked a guy on 146.52 using an Icom 92AD with rubber duck on 5 watts to Wilkesboro NC. He said it was around 95 miles.
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6m has been open most of the day. Worked NJ, CT, and RI within an hour or so on jt65.
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50.400 mhz, nice 543 mile contact with W4HLR, 40 over 9 with me. He was working; and beaming to, the northeastern USA. Not bad for the side of his beam?
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Worked VK100WIQ special events station the other night at 06:02z with just the rig and its 100 watts and a fan type dipole 30ft off the ground. 10,000 plus miles, my farthest dx station yet. And I was going to take down this dipole and replace it...I don't think so now.
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Worked Belgium and Hungary last evening, and Algeria and Croatia the previous evening while mobile.
Tried to break the pileup to work the Olympics special event station (2O12L), but no joy.

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Just worked 2O21L on 14/274.5 from the London Olympics. They are still operating at least two stations (the other on 40 meter lsb)
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After 35 years of hamming, and trying off and on for many of those years, I finally worked Japan. Yes Japan. I know everybody else in the world has worked them and I was the last guy on the band without a JA QSO but I finally got one on 20 the other morning and exchanged 57 reports. Most of the time I can barely hear them. This was on a horizontal 40 meter full wave loop at 35' with 600 watts.

I also worked that recent Yemen expedition and that was exciting but I had never expected I'd ever work a place that hadn't issued a ham license in over 20 years. Japan was better because I had been trying for so long!

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After 35 years of hamming, and trying off and on for many of those years, I finally worked Japan. Yes Japan. I know everybody else in the world has worked them and I was the last guy on the band without a JA QSO but I finally got one on 20 the other morning and exchanged 57 reports. Most of the time I can barely hear them. This was on a horizontal 40 meter full wave loop at 35' with 600 watts.

I also worked that recent Yemen expedition and that was exciting but I had never expected I'd ever work a place that hadn't issued a ham license in over 20 years. Japan was better because I had been trying for so long!

73 and good DX.
I was licensed in 1993, and my first Japanese station was last year, although not as long it was an elusive country fo me as well. Glad you finally were able to snagged one.
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Was able to work CU1ARM (Azores) in a 17 meter pileup this morning.Heard a couple of CU5's but could not break through the pileups and minimal propagation.
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Worked the CQ WW SSB contest, here's my log

QSO: 14000 PH 2012-10-27 0325 KI4RDG 59 4 EE1W 59 14
QSO: 14000 PH 2012-10-27 0338 KI4RDG 59 4 CN3A 59 33
QSO: 7000 PH 2012-10-27 0354 KI4RDG 59 4 PW7T 59 11
QSO: 7000 PH 2012-10-27 0413 KI4RDG 59 4 HK1NA 59 09
QSO: 7000 PH 2012-10-27 0432 KI4RDG 59 4 YN2AA 59 07
QSO: 7000 PH 2012-10-27 0436 KI4RDG 59 4 NA2U 59 05
QSO: 7000 PH 2012-10-27 0448 KI4RDG 59 4 SO2R 59 15
QSO: 7000 PH 2012-10-27 0453 KI4RDG 59 4 DR1A 59 14
QSO: 7000 PH 2012-10-27 0500 KI4RDG 59 4 HG7T 59 15
QSO: 7000 PH 2012-10-27 0510 KI4RDG 59 4 WK1Q 59 05
QSO: 7000 PH 2012-10-27 0518 KI4RDG 59 4 IR4M 59 15
QSO: 7000 PH 2012-10-27 0521 KI4RDG 59 4 OT5A 59 14
QSO: 7000 PH 2012-10-27 0523 KI4RDG 59 4 PI4DX 59 14
QSO: 7000 PH 2012-10-27 0536 KI4RDG 59 4 LX7I 59 14
QSO: 7000 PH 2012-10-27 0538 KI4RDG 59 4 KP2M 59 08
QSO: 7000 PH 2012-10-27 0629 KI4RDG 59 4 KK1KW 59 05
QSO: 7000 PH 2012-10-27 0633 KI4RDG 59 4 CR3A 59 33
QSO: 7000 PH 2012-10-27 0638 KI4RDG 59 4 N4WW 59 05
QSO: 7000 PH 2012-10-27 0640 KI4RDG 59 4 K2LE 59 05
QSO: 7000 PH 2012-10-27 0641 KI4RDG 59 4 VE3CX 59 04
QSO: 7000 PH 2012-10-27 0653 KI4RDG 59 4 TO9R 59 08
QSO: 7000 PH 2012-10-27 0655 KI4RDG 59 4 VE4VT 59 04
QSO: 7000 PH 2012-10-27 0813 KI4RDG 59 4 WA1N 59 05
QSO: 7000 PH 2012-10-27 0818 KI4RDG 59 4 PJ4X 59 09
QSO: 7000 PH 2012-10-27 0819 KI4RDG 59 4 K1DG 59 05
QSO: 7000 PH 2012-10-27 0826 KI4RDG 59 4 8P5A 59 08
QSO: 7000 PH 2012-10-27 0829 KI4RDG 59 4 VK7ZX 59 30
QSO: 7000 PH 2012-10-27 0845 KI4RDG 59 4 K7RL 59 03
QSO: 7000 PH 2012-10-27 0845 KI4RDG 59 4 W7WA 59 03
QSO: 7000 PH 2012-10-27 0854 KI4RDG 59 4 K6XX 59 03
QSO: 7000 PH 2012-10-27 0905 KI4RDG 59 4 VE7GL 59 03
QSO: 7000 PH 2012-10-27 0913 KI4RDG 59 4 PJ2T 59 09
QSO: 7000 PH 2012-10-27 0926 KI4RDG 59 4 6Y9X 59 08
QSO: 7000 PH 2012-10-27 0929 KI4RDG 59 4 KH6MB 59 31
QSO: 7000 PH 2012-10-27 0933 KI4RDG 59 4 XL3A 59 04
QSO: 7000 PH 2012-10-27 0936 KI4RDG 59 4 W0AIH 59 04
QSO: 7000 PH 2012-10-27 0939 KI4RDG 59 4 VE7SV 59 03
QSO: 7000 PH 2012-10-27 0941 KI4RDG 59 4 KL7RA 59 01
QSO: 7000 PH 2012-10-27 0942 KI4RDG 59 4 K7ZZ 59 03
QSO: 7000 PH 2012-10-27 0945 KI4RDG 59 4 VP5/W9RN 59 08
QSO: 7000 PH 2012-10-27 0949 KI4RDG 59 4 W5RU 59 04
QSO: 7000 PH 2012-10-27 0952 KI4RDG 59 4 KH6LC 59 31
QSO: 7000 PH 2012-10-27 1119 KI4RDG 59 4 CO6YAC 59 08
QSO: 14000 PH 2012-10-27 1730 KI4RDG 59 4 W0YFZ 59 04
QSO: 21000 PH 2012-10-27 1754 KI4RDG 59 4 CN3A 59 33
QSO: 21000 PH 2012-10-27 1800 KI4RDG 59 4 OZ7X 59 14
QSO: 21000 PH 2012-10-27 1805 KI4RDG 59 4 DR1A 59 14
QSO: 21000 PH 2012-10-27 1812 KI4RDG 59 4 9A1A 59 15
QSO: 21000 PH 2012-10-27 1815 KI4RDG 59 4 TM6M 59 14
QSO: 21000 PH 2012-10-27 1828 KI4RDG 59 4 HG1S 59 15
QSO: 21000 PH 2012-10-27 1833 KI4RDG 59 4 PW7T 59 11
QSO: 21000 PH 2012-10-27 1844 KI4RDG 59 4 EF7X 59 14
QSO: 21000 PH 2012-10-27 1847 KI4RDG 59 4 9A5Y 59 15
QSO: 21000 PH 2012-10-27 1900 KI4RDG 59 4 VE6AO 59 04
QSO: 21000 PH 2012-10-27 1901 KI4RDG 59 4 OL3Z 59 15
QSO: 21000 PH 2012-10-27 1904 KI4RDG 59 4 IO5O 59 15
QSO: 21000 PH 2012-10-27 1907 KI4RDG 59 4 PI4DX 59 14
QSO: 21000 PH 2012-10-27 1909 KI4RDG 59 4 DL2ARD 59 14
QSO: 21000 PH 2012-10-27 1916 KI4RDG 59 4 K5TR 59 04
QSO: 21000 PH 2012-10-27 1922 KI4RDG 59 4 G5O 59 14
QSO: 21000 PH 2012-10-27 1924 KI4RDG 59 4 W7AT 59 03
QSO: 21000 PH 2012-10-27 1939 KI4RDG 59 4 KP2M 59 08
QSO: 21000 PH 2012-10-27 2051 KI4RDG 59 4 EI7M 59 14
QSO: 21000 PH 2012-10-27 2053 KI4RDG 59 4 ED3X 59 14
QSO: 21000 PH 2012-10-27 2106 KI4RDG 59 4 WA1N 59 05
QSO: 21000 PH 2012-10-27 2141 KI4RDG 59 4 KP2MM 59 08
QSO: 21000 PH 2012-10-27 2151 KI4RDG 59 4 VY2TT 59 05
QSO: 28000 PH 2012-10-27 2155 KI4RDG 59 4 VA5DX 59 04
QSO: 28000 PH 2012-10-27 2200 KI4RDG 59 4 HI3EPR 59 08
QSO: 28000 PH 2012-10-27 2211 KI4RDG 59 4 PQ5B 59 11
QSO: 28000 PH 2012-10-27 2213 KI4RDG 59 4 LW8DQ 59 13
QSO: 28000 PH 2012-10-27 2218 KI4RDG 59 4 HK1NA 59 09
QSO: 28000 PH 2012-10-27 2219 KI4RDG 59 4 PX5E 59 11
QSO: 28000 PH 2012-10-27 2225 KI4RDG 59 4 HQ2GL 59 07
QSO: 28000 PH 2012-10-27 2227 KI4RDG 59 4 VA7BEC 59 03
QSO: 28000 PH 2012-10-27 2231 KI4RDG 59 4 AY3D 59 13
QSO: 28000 PH 2012-10-27 2234 KI4RDG 59 4 LV6D 59 13
QSO: 28000 PH 2012-10-27 2238 KI4RDG 59 4 NK7U 59 03
QSO: 28000 PH 2012-10-27 2245 KI4RDG 59 4 VE5PV 59 04
QSO: 28000 PH 2012-10-27 2247 KI4RDG 59 4 PJ4X 59 09
QSO: 28000 PH 2012-10-27 2250 KI4RDG 59 4 LW7DUC 59 13
QSO: 28000 PH 2012-10-27 2256 KI4RDG 59 4 KH7X 59 31
QSO: 28000 PH 2012-10-27 2309 KI4RDG 59 4 N6KN 59 03
QSO: 21000 PH 2012-10-27 2316 KI4RDG 59 4 NP4Z 59 08
QSO: 14000 PH 2012-10-27 2323 KI4RDG 59 4 KP2M 59 08
QSO: 14000 PH 2012-10-27 2328 KI4RDG 59 4 TI8M 59 07
QSO: 14000 PH 2012-10-27 2333 KI4RDG 59 4 VE9HF 59 05
QSO: 7000 PH 2012-10-27 2337 KI4RDG 59 4 K1ZR 59 05
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Got bored to day, went out to the club station here in Edmonton and worked a whole bunch of stations on 29.600Mhz. Even with some deep fading and QRM from at least one remote base, the best contact was with a guy in Ohio that heard me calling CQ on his scanner with an in-door antenna... Guess when the band is open it is really open. I managed to work a bunch of states/provinces:

Quebec
Ontario
New Brunswic
Ohio
Kentucky
Penselvania
Tennessee
Arkansas
New York
Illinois
Mississippi

Had a few of the guys give me 10+60 signal reports, I was running a 756 Pro3 barefoot with the 4 element beam pointing at an azimuth of about 120 deg. most of the afternoon. When I tried looking for some western US/Western Canada, I kept having to swing the beam back around to work more guys in the Mid-west/Eastern Seaboard.
The FM DX today was the Caymen Islands.
I had a few mobiles in the mix as well.

All in all a great lazy afternoon here in Edmonton
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Who did you work in KY?
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I worked a few guys from KY today on 29.6MHz FM, I do not have the papers I was logging on, they are out in my truck, but if you worked a VA6 station on 29.6MHz this afternoon between 14:00EDT and 17:00EDT it would have been me, as I did not hear another VE/VA6 station. I had a blast on FM this afternnon, I have never seen so much activity on 29.6MHz in all my years being licensed.
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Got bored to day, went out to the club station here in Edmonton and worked a whole bunch of stations on 29.600Mhz. Even with some deep fading and QRM from at least one remote base, the best contact was with a guy in Ohio that heard me calling CQ on his scanner with an in-door antenna... Guess when the band is open it is really open. I managed to work a bunch of states/provinces:

Quebec
Ontario
New Brunswic
Ohio
Kentucky
Penselvania
Tennessee
Arkansas
New York
Illinois
Mississippi

Had a few of the guys give me 10+60 signal reports, I was running a 756 Pro3 barefoot with the 4 element beam pointing at an azimuth of about 120 deg. most of the afternoon. When I tried looking for some western US/Western Canada, I kept having to swing the beam back around to work more guys in the Mid-west/Eastern Seaboard.
The FM DX today was the Caymen Islands.
I had a few mobiles in the mix as well.

All in all a great lazy afternoon here in Edmonton
To expand on this, I ended up working a total of 54 stations with the following breakdown:

Indiana 3
Missouri 5
Pennsylvania 4
Kentucky 5
Illinois 1
Oklahoma 7
Ohio 7
Tennessee 2
South Carolina 1
Michigan 4
Virginia 1
New Hampshire 1
Maryland 1
New York 1
Alabama 1
Mississippi 1
Arkansas 1
Ontario 5
Quebec 2
New Brunswic 1
Grand Caymen 1
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I worked CO6LC in Cuba from Chicago today using one watt to my autotuned wire dipolish antenna & Yaesu 817. Easy, armchair QSO on 15 meters.
A minute later, I also partially worked YY4KWB in Venezuela on one watt but he kept getting one letter of my call wrong so I had to go to QRO (increase pwr, I had to look up) to maximum power: five watts. Successful QSO logged after that.
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I worked a station today in South America on 25 watts on 28.465Mhz USB.Call sign PY1DO in South America with a 5 /9 signal on 25 watts using a Radio Shack htx-10 with a k-40 antenna cut down for 10 meters. Posted 1-11-13 3:53PM
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I've been having some good luch with QRP cw on 17, 20 and 40. European Russia, Poland, Greece, Israel, Egypt and Nigeria. Some great grey line QSO's also included Australia, Singapore, and Guam. Loads of fun.
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I worked LU8EEM near Buenos Aires on Saturday.
24.933MHz USB @ 5 Watts, wire attic antenna.
Comes up around 5500 miles from Chgo, comfortably over 1000 miles/Watt.

He was the only thing I could find on 10-17m. Amazing how that works, nothing except one opening to one guy a continent away.
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