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Conditions on 17 and 20 m have been extremely good again today. I started off on 17 m just before dinner time and had a nice chat with K4UUG who I have worked before. After dinner, XU7FZM from Cambodia was absolutely romping in with a good 59. I haven't worked a lot of Cambodia's stations but when conditions are good, their signals are very strong but of course the SteppIR slices through the pileup like a knife through hot butter.

I only worked one other station on 17 m today. ST2AR from the Sudan was on 18 m this afternoon, he was extremely strong, 59+, very impressive signal which is why I made a quick video. I must say that he certainly knows how to run a pileup with extreme discipline. You know what it's like? People call over each other, call when they are not being called, basically making life difficult for everyone. Anyway, it got to the stage where he ran the pileup with zero tolerance, anyone who called when they were not being called was ousted and told they would not be worked. He then started calling only North and South America, you could hear a pin drop which is very unusual, not even any Italians shout of their callsign, very good operator. Actually, he reminded me of my old English teacher, Grizzly Adams, everybody was scared of him.

I spent most of the afternoon and evening on 20 m as conditions were really very good indeed. I had some really nice QSOs with fantastic signals. A couple of nice surprises, 5X1VJ from Uganda was giving me 57. Then Craig, D2SG down in Angola called in with a good 59. Craig is actually from Scotland but is working down in Angola in the oil business. We are going to get together again shortly because he wants somebody to make a video of him operating down there, that shouldn't be difficult, I love making my videos and uploading them to YouTube.

I spent about 45 min on 20 m this evening chatting to a few guys over in the States, is really nice to see the band staying open so late now, let's hope this is a good sign of things to come. Thanks to W4ZCB, W2APF, W2AAS, KD1KT and VE3GSO for their company this evening on the band.


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