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Another day with less than spectacular conditions on the bands. Having said this, YB3OX was 59+ this morning and I managed to work him with a good signal. Spoke to Rafi, 4X4FR in Israel as well, he tells me he will be holidaying by the Red Sea from February 6 for a few days. Last time I spoke to him down there he was using a fishing rod aerial given me a very good signal. I was looking for VP8ORK on 15 m when I came across TG9NX in Guatemala City. Franco was quite weak to begin with but after a few minutes the signal strength came up to about 56 and I managed to work him fairly easily, even though he seemed to have a fairly big pileup from the USA

Managed to log a new country, FT5XT down in the Kerguelen Islands which is not far from Madagascar. Had a good contact into the Maldives on 20 m as well, and also Jordan on 40 m which is good considering I am only using a simple dipole.

And finally worked VP8ORK again, this time on 20 m, not a strong signal coming back, about 54 which seems to be about the norm. Blimey, I'm starting to turn into a serious Dx'er :-)

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I did a little bit of operating on 20 m today, managed a few stations in the US, one in Spain, and a couple of ZS stations, both 59 and very strong here. And much to my delight, VP8ORKĀ  down on the South Orkney Islands, way down in the South Atlantic near the Falklands. I've seen them working CW most days and phone only a few times. They popped up on the cluster on 17 m this afternoon so I thought why not, I'll give it a go. He was working a split frequency and wasn't giving me a particularly strong signal, probably up to about 54. However, after a few shouts I managed to make contact which I'm very pleased about, good one to have in my logbook.

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