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The bands have been pretty slack in the last few days. However, the trusty old SteppIR hasn't let me down. There was a contest on today so I decided to give 20 m and miss, however not before working a station in Haiti, 4V1. He was working a split frequency and then kindly started calling only for UK stations so that made it a little bit easier to make the contact with him. I don't know what it is with a lot of European stations, but they don't seem to understand when someone is asking ONLY for UK stations, they continue to shout and create a lot of QRM  for the operator in Haiti, I'm not surprised he was getting frustrated and on the verge of switching off. After two calls I made a quick contact with him and he gave me a 59, he was giving me 57. I believe it was a special event station marking a year since the terrible earthquake that killed so many people out there.

I then moved down onto 17 m which was quite busy, obviously everyone else was trying to avoid the contest which was going on on the other bands. The propagation wasn't fantastic but I managed to work quite a few stations in the USA and Canada. As always, Tony, VE3AXW in Brantford Canada was 59. Mind you it's not surprising, I think use using something like five element Mono band beam on top of a 90 foot tower. Having said that, my SteppIR always works well on the WARC bands so I had absolutely no worries about getting back to him with a good signal. I worked a few guys down the East Coast and into Florida and had a good contact into Arizona before the band started really deteriorating.

Let's see what tomorrow brings us

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