The bands are hopping again

Even though propagation is still poor there is quite a bit of activity on the bands at the moment with a lot of dxpeditions active.  Recent DX include TL8TT (17m CW, 17m SSB, 15m SSB, 20m RTTY), 4S7VG (15m CW) – ATNO, C6AUM (17m CW), P49X (17m RTTY), PZ5RA (20m RTTY), V31VP (15m RTTY) – ATNO, 3XY3D (17m CW), JY9FC (15m CW, 17m CW), V31AT (15m CW), 5J0NA (15m CW), C5YK (15m SSB, 15m RTTY), UK7AZ (15m RTTY), 7P8EUDXF (15m CW), VP6EU (15m RTTY) – ATNO, 3DA0TM (20m SSB) – ATNO, 9M2TO (15m CW), VU2ABS (12m JT65), P29LL (15m CW) – ATNO.  Worth noting is that the past few mornings 12m has been open to Asia/VK  although its mostly JT65.

Its a funny old game – radio

Despite the poor HF conditions I still managed to get 2 new entities today – Pakistan on 15m JT65 and Hawaii on 40m CW.  And I got the KH6 on the first call which was sweet.  It pays to keep ones ears open!  And I got RI1AND on 20m JT65 yesterday for a new band so I’m quite pleased with myself.

Another new one

Yesterday evening  I managed to work ZC4A on 40m CW.  I have been chasing this for a while and signals from Cyprus have not been good on most bands and pile-ups are big – this is one of the rarely activated European entities.  The pile-up was about 2KHz wide rather that the usual 3-4KHz and signals were quite strong so I decided that I was going to stick with it until I got them.  It took around 45 minutes moving around quite frequently trying to keep in an empty space on the waterfall!  And they were confirmed last night on LOTW which is great.  One thing that I noticed was the high level of dupe QSOs that they were rejecting – once is enough to work a dxpedition on any slot – it is only exchanging a 59 or 5NN after all and there are plenty of smaller stations that are being denied a chance because of it.