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10 m is getting a little bit more interesting, YI1RZ from Iraq was calling CQ this morning. I've spoken to him a couple of times on 20 m that this is the first time I've ever heard or spoken to him on 10 m, hey Steve, I reckon you've got some catching up to do.

15 m was quite active although mainly only into the Ukraine, Eastern Europe, Malta and 9K2/SP4R in Kuwait. Had a really nice chat with Bob, LZ/G3LRM down there in Bulgaria, he always seems to track me down wherever I am. I must admit, it would be really nice to meet him one day, we seem to have a really nice rapport and it would be nice to put a face to a voice.

17 m was quite good on there were numerous stations mainly on the East Coast of the US and a couple of comedians.

The two best contacts I had today were Peter, VP2V/G3PHO operating from Tortola Island which is part of the British Virgin Islands, I actually got the QSO on tape and have uploaded it to you Tube. I was on the band this evening with Steve, M0BKL putting a few calls out hoping that his little CB antenna might pick something up when Nick, HH2/OE7NHT in Haiti returned my call. I don't think there are an awful lot of operators out of Haiti at the moment so that was an extremely nice surprise this evening. He did tell me what he was doing out there but the QSB got the better of him and I missed exactly what he was doing there, I think he is some kind of aid worker he goes out there for a few months every year. Anyway, after what happened there recently, I suppose they could do with all the help they can get.

We had our club meeting this evening and Peter enjoyed himself operating under G4SSD, there were some good conditions on 20 m into the USA, a very strong station from Colorado. The only problem with having a load of guys in my shack for two and half hours is the temperature ends up soaring and I had a stinking headache by the end of the evening.

My very brief QSO with Peter, VP2V/G3PHO operating from Tortola Island

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-YzQ6p1zsM

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