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Today has been a day for working enter the USA. I didn't manage to get on the band until just after four o'clock this afternoon. First call I put out, TK5CH returned my call from Corsica Island. I was pointing to the USA say he was quite weak, however I really love the 180° function on the SteppIR fluid motion controller, with one press of a button and two seconds he was 59+, this is a fabulous function on this antenna, it really does enable you to work that much easier on the bands.

Anyway, I worked a load of stations in the US, mainly on the East Coast with a couple of exceptions. Bill, KI7AO in Washington made an appearance but unfortunately propagation to the West Coast wasn't very good today. I also spoke to VA6MA up there in FORT SASKATCHEWAN, Alberta, I think this is the second QSO I've had with Maurice.

Now I'm not a diehard DX'er, don't get me wrong there's nothing more I like them working some exotic countries. However, I'm just not into exchanging a quick signal reports and then moving on to the next person, that is not the way I like operating. I'm always up for a chat and I had a really enjoyable QSO with Jerry, N4TSC down in Florida. That is what amateur radio is all about for me, making friends around the world, finding out about each other and forming friendships.

I was amazed that 20 m stayed open until at least nine o'clock this evening, that's when I turned off, hopefully it will stay like this.

I wonder what tomorrow will bring?

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