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Old 04-10-2013, 2:40 PM
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Heading south on interstate 57, 20~30 miles south of chicago, 10m voice worked New Zealand.
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Old 05-01-2013, 2:21 PM
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Early yesterday morning (0346 EST), worked an Estonian station with 10 over S9 on 20 meters. Right after, a South African station called me as I closed the previous QSO. Not too bad with 100 watts into a dipole for a niormally daytime band.
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Not really distant but rare.

AJ8L aeronautical mobile today around 1710 GMT on 446.00Mhz FM simplex.
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Worked SV3AQR in Greece a few minutes ago on 17 meters.18.150
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Not done today, but I worked the Canary Islands on 15 meter SSB on 6-21-2013; just a short exchange of names, call signs and signal reports while getting set up for Field Day.
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I worked three of my neighbours' lawns, mowing and weeding, then came home and mowed and weeded my own, yet. My feet are aching, my back aches and I'm beat.

(Well, you asked...)
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Worked Asiatic Russia and two Japan stations on 20m cw this morning on grey line.
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I've had good luck late nights with 20m the past couple of weeks, especially into Europe. Unfortunatly, there's a big hill right behind my house that blocks the west and southwest, so while I've heard quite a few VKs and ZLs, I havent been able to work them yet.
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Just talked to Spain (3,600 miles) on 17m, running 100W with an LNR EF-17 antenna out a 2nd floor window. It's things like this that make me love this hobby.
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Scandanavian QSO Party is on the air. Worked each of the "Scandanavian" nations as well as a bunch of other Euro stations. PSK was also interesting last night with six new countries added around the Pacific rim.
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I had the Micom set up in the yard this last week for the HFLink ALE Interop Exercise and had many contacts all over CONUS and one nice link to France. This was 62 watts and a temporary wire antenna strung up.
Then, I tried QRP voice and got two stations in Cuba on one watt, one each on 10 and 17m. I also worked H7H / Nicaragua on 15m 5W USB. Yaesu FT817 w wire attic antenna.
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Went out to my car at lunchtime, drove to a nearby park, and proceeded to work TF3IRA on 10 meters on my FT-817 with its 5 thundering watts of power into a generic hamstick. He was calling CQ with few takers. This was a NEW ONE for me. Some days the magic works, some days it doesn't. Today was a good day!

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I had a really nice set of contacts Saturday last week for the ARRL International SSB DX Contest. The solar weather was favorable with lottsa big guns dx'ing toward me and I logged Alaska and the following countries:
Turks & Caicos;
Hungary;
Poland;
Spain (100W);
Wales;
Germany [15m];
Bahamas [15m];
Netherlands [15m];
Bermuda [15m];
Barbados [15m];
Mexico;
Belize;
Cuba (100W);
two Argentinas, each over 5000 miles and one reporting only 100W.

As usual, I was QRP five Watts FT817 to the 30 foot wire attic antenna, tips to the EW.
All were between about 1700 and 2355z on 3/1 with two gaps of over an hour where I probably wandered off and got distracted. All were 10m except five 15m where noted.

I've never heard Japan so well and I had one JA all to myself but he simply couldn't hear me.
A Hawaiian station got all five letters of my call + QRP but couldn't quite get the 9. He gave me a nice 15 second apology which was thoughtful on a big rushrush contest day.
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Was able to work Iceland and Faroe Islands on 20m cw early this morning. Picked up Moldava and Bulgaria about 3 0 minutes later. Heard a Turkish station but he didn't hear me. Have nit heard Ukaraine at all lately.
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Have nit heard Ukaraine at all lately.
I heard but didn't work UT7UV on 10m this afternoon.
Checking his QRZ page, it is easy to see how I heard him so well!

Interestingly, I also heard NQ4I/Aeronautical Mobile @47000 ft above VP5. I didn't have a chance against the large pileup.
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I heard but didn't work UT7UV on 10m this afternoon.
Checking his QRZ page, it is easy to see how I heard him so well!

Interestingly, I also heard NQ4I/Aeronautical Mobile @47000 ft above VP5. I didn't have a chance against the large pileup.
I've worked Sasha a year or two ago. Monster signal and antenna farm. I do hope that he is okay. Nice guy.
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10 meters has been smokin....lots of ja's 10 over near the grey line.
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Snaged A61AS (United Arab Emirates) today on 17 meters. Nice guy to chat with.
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Worked LX9DX, Luxembourg on 20M mobile last night.
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I bundled up and shuffled up to my attic shack for a while yesterday.
Tuning around, I found that it was the North American QSO party.
The exchange is easy (name & state) and there was quite a lot of activity so I dipped a toe in.
Between 2000 and 2035z, I logged 7 CA, 2 OR and a WA on 10m. Sure they were all probably beaming my way but the west coast totally dominated my receiver and I barely heard any other areas.

I had some stuff to do and left for a couple hours.
It was dark when I got back at 2250 so 10m was gone but I went on down to 20m and logged 2 FL, 2 TX and a CO within 20 minutes.
Not a bad set of 15 QSOs in under an hour of operating time.

These were on my usual FT-817 QRP station with the 30 foot attic wire antenna.
The contest is over but I'll probably be at it again this afternoon.
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