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10 m had a few good stations knocking around today. I worked a couple of Indonesian stations, YB9AY and YB1ALL. I then put a few calls out and worked JY5IB over in Jordan and a station in the Ukraine. Have been on 15 m recently so I thought I would have a look. 5N4EAM in Nigeria was absolutely romping in and gave me a very nice signal.

I then put some calls out and worked a load of Russian stations before Jeff, KF5OP/MM return my call. He was on 37 foot yacht down in the Chagos Islands. I had a really long chat with him which is what it is all about for me. It turns out that he has been sailing around the world for the last six years stopping off at various glamorous locations such as the Solomon Islands. To him for well over half an hour before condition started dying down, he's going to be in the Chagos Islands waiting for conditions before heading down towards the Madagascar area, maybe Mauritius, he's not quite sure yet. So listen out for him, really interesting guy to talk to.

I finished off my days radio on 10 m where I worked 5M2TT in Liberia, very big signal, working a split, managed to get through first shout, check my YouTube video out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LaYrX9FtqQ

W0AAA also returned my call. Ironically, I came across his YouTube channel a few months ago and exchanged messages with him, this is before ever talking to him on the radio. He likes to combine ice fishing with amateur radio, check this video out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAlxhiJtBwg

Before I forget, got an e-mail from Keith, MM0KTC off in Scotland. He has just taken delivery of his 24 m radio structure tower. Like me, he made a little video of the installation, I will be sure to be keeping an eye on his progress and I'm looking forward to seeing the finished project.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDYYl28XlAY

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