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There was some fairly good DX stations around the bands today. There was an extremely strong station from Taiwan on 20 m this morning and I didn't have a problem getting back to him although he seemed to have a fairly large pileup, the propagation must have been absolutely perfect for us as you can see by the video I have included with this post. Propagation plays a really big part in whether you are going to contact the stations. Having a very efficient antenna and lots of power certainly helps you get heard, but if the propagation isn't with you, no amount of power or antenna system is going to help.

I normally only call "CQ" which means I am inviting anyone anywhere to return my call. However, I decided today that for a change I would call "CQ DX", this means that I am only calling for stations who are a long way away, basically outside of Europe. Thankfully people respected my operating today and apart from one German QRP station I didn't get hordes of Europeans returning my call which was quite refreshing. My first DX contact was BD9TX from China. Unfortunately he was barely readable, about 2/0, but it was certainly nice to get this call in my logbook. The second long-distance contact was VR2WQT from Hong Kong, he was quite a good signal and gave me 5/9+, very nice. Then it was YB2UQQ from Indonesia, and finally VU2ORO from New Delhi. And then David, G0VTX on holiday in Spain went and spoiled it all by calling me :-) only joking David, it was great to have a chat with you again, hope you're having a really fantastic time in the sun and I hope you like the video.

10 m opened up a little bit, I really didn't manage to work anything special apart from a couple of stations in the Canary Islands. Unfortunately I missed all the good stuff, my mate Steve, M0BKL worked St Helena using his new IMAX 2000 (CB antenna :-))

Went down to 20 m and worked some stuff up in North America and then finished off having a really nice chat with Simon, ZS1XUK down in South Africa. And yes, he is an expat, great callsign Simon.

I made a YouTube video of the conversation between myself and David, G0VTX. David was using a halfway vertical made out of a roach pole.


I also taped my quick QSO with Jimmy, BV100. Don't you just love it when you bust a pileup with the first shout


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