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It was a beautiful sunny Sunday with fairly warm temperatures, just getting in the mood for a nice warm summer. There was quite a lot of activity on the bands today. I didn't hear an awful lot on 10 m, there mate of them stuff on there in the morning but when I finally put the radio on mid afternoon, it was pretty flat. I started off on 17 m and spent a couple of hours there working into the states mainly. I came across YN2MG over in Nicaragua which I didn't have a problem working. After my evening meal I decided I would have a look around on 20 m, I spend most of the last two weeks on 17 m, is just been so good I haven't wanted to go anywhere else. Well, I'm beginning to wonder whether I really want to spend much time on 20 m. EL3AR was on the frequency from Liberia and he had the mother of all pileups. Well, I think it's probably the worst disciplined pileup I've ever come across, it was unbelievable and I'm really surprised I even managed to make contact with him with all the people shouting and screaming without even listening. Honestly, it seems to be going downhill rapidly, the behaviour especially on 20 m is appalling, it seems to be all for one and one for all and sod everyone else.

I was really chuffed to get my very first entry in the logbook for Papua New Guinea, there is a DXexpedition operating from down there under the callsign,P29VCX. They were working as split and giving me a very respectable 57 on my meter. I put a few calls out but didn't really work much, just a Romanian station and a couple of stations from Oman, A41NN and A41LD. I finished off the evening working into Dominica, J73CAJ, and then another Nicaraguan station, YN2ET.

All in all, not a bad day, only 25 contacts, but I do like to have a chinwag

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