Saturday was (as usual) contest day on HF. I got bored and answered a few contesters and made up a number that was around the same as them...... anyway, one was 80m CW in France. F6KHM. My furthest 80m contact to date. the long wire does work, just not THAT well.......
then today I stayed on 20m as it was behaving very nicely indeed!
first up was my first QSO into Bosnia and Herzegovina (E77O), then a few more around Europe.
Morse is a funny thing.
in the fast & furious sending, sometimes letters run together and you "hear" what you EXPECT to hear..... this morning, I had just finished a nice contact on 20m with a guy in Malaga, Spain.
as it finished I heard someone calling me. first my callsign, then his, but it was fading in and out.
I HEARD dah dah dit dit.
Now MY Northern Ireland Call starts MI
Dah dah, dit dit.
so I'm thinking that this is someone relatively close by, using low power or maybe using a beam antenna pointing away from me.
Dah dah dit dit is the letter Z
which was followed by L2IFB
and dear friends ZL2IFB is Gary Hinson, and he's only 11381miles away in Hastings, North Island, New Zealand!!
very chuffed indeed!!! previous longest QSO record more than doubled. In fact, very nearly tripled! WOW!
So I told the XYL and her reaction?
"Well done. Does this mean that now you can't get any further away you're going to stop this silly rubbish?"
here's the stations worked.....
|E77O||Bosnia & Herzegovina|
and the latest update on my top 20 distance QSOs
|PT0S||St Peter & St Paul Rocks||3943|