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Posted by on in Activity on the HF Bands Today

Loads of activity on 17 m today. Not going to bore you with everyone I worked, basically loads of Europeans and guys from over the pond, with a couple of exceptions, Rafi, 4X4FR from Israel dropped in to say hello, nice to hear from him, haven't heard for a few weeks. C91KHN from Mozambique called in, even though he was on the back of my beam, I could hear him quite well.

10 m was open again today, I worked five stations across the pond, four in the US, and one in Canada, most of them pretty good signals. After tuning around a bit, J3/PE1IIGM was giving me a very strong signal from Martinique so of course I couldn't resist adding another new country to my 10 m list. I then added another three countries to my 10 m operation of 2011, ZP5DBC, FM4NB and TE8X from Costa Rica.

17 m stayed open fairly late this evening. Both myself and Steve,  M0BKL were working stations all over the US, although he did struggle with some of them with his vertical. All in all, it was a really good evening.

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Another day with less than spectacular conditions on the bands. Having said this, YB3OX was 59+ this morning and I managed to work him with a good signal. Spoke to Rafi, 4X4FR in Israel as well, he tells me he will be holidaying by the Red Sea from February 6 for a few days. Last time I spoke to him down there he was using a fishing rod aerial given me a very good signal. I was looking for VP8ORK on 15 m when I came across TG9NX in Guatemala City. Franco was quite weak to begin with but after a few minutes the signal strength came up to about 56 and I managed to work him fairly easily, even though he seemed to have a fairly big pileup from the USA

Managed to log a new country, FT5XT down in the Kerguelen Islands which is not far from Madagascar. Had a good contact into the Maldives on 20 m as well, and also Jordan on 40 m which is good considering I am only using a simple dipole.

And finally worked VP8ORK again, this time on 20 m, not a strong signal coming back, about 54 which seems to be about the norm. Blimey, I'm starting to turn into a serious Dx'er :-)

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