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There is a contest on all week so 17 m was absolutely heaving for most of the day. However, I did manage to find a spot this morning that was reasonably clear, apart from a station in the Ukraine who I know could hear me but insisted on calling CQ on the frequency for about half an hour, anyway, he gave up in the end.

I was pleased to hear JR1CFP returning my call from just outside Tokyo, very good signal of 59. I then had a nice chat with OH6TS up in Finland where there is still loads of snow. It was a bit of a battle between the radio and sitting outside in surprisingly warm temperatures today, however I settled down in front of the radio for a couple of hours after dinner and pointed the beam towards the states. I worked a shed loads of stations on the East Coast, well about 30, but that's a lot for me, I do like to talk. Actually, I did talk to a couple of guys from the West Coast, John, W7YUM from Utah gave me a shout, then Mike, WB7NHK called in from Washington state so that was nice to hear him. One nice surprise was when HK1W called in from Columbia, unfortunately he wasn't a very strong signal which made it quite difficult QSO, however it was certainly nice to hear Columbia again, especially all 17 m.

Just before switching off I couldn't resist calling in on the VU4PD DXpedition transmitting from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Not sure why he was bothering to work a split frequency and work by numbers, he didn't appear to have that much of a pileup, anyway got through pretty quickly so that was a good one to get in the logbook.

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