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I wanted to convey my apologies to Dudley, Z22JE down in Zimbabwe. I came across him on 10 m this morning, he was putting in a very respectable 59+10 so I obviously couldn't resist giving him a call. I posted him up on the cluster just before giving him a call. I did mention that I had put him up on the cluster but unfortunately he was less than pleased and decided to go QRT. I'm not quite sure why he despises the cluster so much but I'm very sorry if I spoiled your operating this morning Dudley, I shall remember this for the future.

On a slightly more positive note, I did have one and a half hours enjoyable operating on 17 m. There was a normal weekend contests going on so those of us who don't really like contesting were all crammed onto the WARC bands. Amongst all the interference and QRM I did manage to work quite a few stations around Europe, and a couple a little further afield. YB0AKM called in from Indonesia with a very nice signal of 5/8. I then bumped into AMNON, 4X1DF again, and spoken to him in a few months. Anyway, at 81 years of age, he has been operating since 1944 which was when he was first licensed. He was telling me all about his time in the RAF during the war, very interesting and I certainly learned a few things.

Anyway, hopefully tomorrow 17 and 12 m will be open and yield some interesting people for me to talk to. I'll probably be operating from early afternoon onwards, look for me on 17 m

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