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Today has been one of those days when you just cannot get through the Europeans. Anyway, I don't mind, I'll talk to anyone who has got a tongue in their head. There were some mighty strong signals coming from Italy this afternoon, they were lining up to talk to me. Had a nice chat with Bob, LZ/G3LRM down in Bulgaria. He's been living down there for a while after moving from the UK, we often hook up and have a good rag chew. Funnily enough I think I worked more Bulgarian stations today than I have done in the last month, conditions must have been get into that part of Europe.

I finally managed to work 9M2ODY in Malaysia just before going for my evening meal, I have worked "ODY" before and he was much stronger then, he really wasn't a very strong signal today which is surprising, the stations from Malaysian normally bend your needle.

I decided to have half an hour on the radio at about 8 PM this evening, surprisingly there were a few stations on the band. My first call was answered by NP2I in the British Virgin Islands, that's a new one for me. After a nice chat with David, my second call was answered by Henk, PZ5DK down in Suriname. One of South America's smallest countries, Suriname doesn't appear to have many active radio amateurs so it was a good one to get in my logbook, although I'm pretty sure I have got another one there, somebody I worked last year if I remember rightly. Anyway, I think I must have had a good half an hour chatting with Henk before conditions started deteriorating. Considering he was only using 100 W and a dipole, he was giving me a very respectable signal of 56. I hope your trip to Brazil goes well Henk, make sure you don't stand on any poisonous snakes or spiders :-)

Let's hope that 20 m is open on Thursday evening, Peter, G7KTE will be happy

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