I don't suppose I have spent much more than an hour and a half on the radio today, had a pretty lousy night's sleep and falling asleep when you're supposed to be talking to someone on the radio is a little embarrassing.
There was a DX expedition station from Cyprus on 14.260 that seem to be generating quite a bit of interest. Not only did he decide to start working a split, but he also started listening for numbers, first off number one, zero comes before one :-) the chap than thought it a good idea to listen for the number one stations five up, and number two stations seven up, at the same time this is. Maybe it's just me, but isn't that a complicated way to operate? Suffice to say when I came back a few minutes later he seemed to have knocked that idea on the head, I wonder why?
Anyhow, I did start off on 20 m and Bob LZ/G3LRM came back with a pretty good signal of 58. Apparently it's snowing in Bulgaria, pretty warm today in Brixham Bob, about 12°C, unfortunately pouring down with rain. I heard V85RY he was very quiet, probably not much more than 3/0, however no one seemed to be returning his call so I went back to him and surprisingly came back to me and gave me 5/6, the antenna is obviously working well for me. I spoke to Vernon, W9FAM, as always he was a very good signal. Spoke to a couple more guys and then decided to give 17 m a crack as I could hear a few stations in the USA. Actually, I had some good contacts to the East Coast and Nevada which was quite satisfying. Then I went back onto 20 m and worked a couple of guys in Oregon and then I heard JW7XM with an exceptionally strong signal so of course I had to go back to him. Svalbard isn't that far away, is way up north I think it belongs to Norway, but don't quote me on that. Anyway, whenever you hear stations from that neck of the woods, they are normally pounding into the UK.
For the first time late this afternoon I could hear a couple of Hawaii working Phone, as you can probably imagine they had quite a substantial pileup which at the best of times would have made it difficult to make contact, unfortunately I don't think the propagation was quite in my favour and the best I heard them was probably 5/1. I did try and get back to them but it was pretty fruitless since the rest of Europe seem to be hearing them much better than me, oh well maybe next time.
Oh, nearly forgot, Bob, VP8LP was really romping into the UK with an exceptional signal as usual, in fact I stuck the video on and had a quick QSO with him, video is attached below.
Anyway, I haven't checked, I suppose most of the bands will be bustling with contesters tomorrow, hurray for the WARC bands!
BOB, VP8LP down in Falkland Islands