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Saturday, 21 November 2015

Warming up before CQWW CQ


Next weekend biggest contest in 2015 for me. CQWW CW
I will be a member of EI1Y this year.
I had good opportunity to visit EI0PL and check condition on the bands , what to expect from where , etc. It was also pleasure to chase some DX!

1) VK9WA Willis Island ....

Already in the log on few bands but it will be good time to try some more. Plan was to get 20/40 in the log and maybe ... maybe 10.
20M was tricky SSB QSO on noise level not sure 100% if went OK.
Had moment to make sure that 20M will be logged on RTTY later on. Narrow split 1-3 makes it hard to work. 
10M CW was open for a short period via SP and later via LP but no luck at all. Today for example not a peep on 28Mhz

40M - Moxon was winded down because of high winds so it wasn`t good to use. Yesterday was first day when could go higher to work some DX. And .... did Willis at 3PM during daylight with lovely 5/9 , VK9WA was stronger than DQRM from EU. Here is a video how strong they were in EI shortly after my QSO

VK9WA on 40M daylight in EI

80M! Yes 80M! It was absolutely amazing what happened! Left radio on their QRG , switched RX to JAPANESE beverage and went doing some other things in the shack. Then received 5NN , what ? 
It is Willis on 80! Wow ... it was hard on the beginning. Bang on on our sunset which is 16:20 at the moment. Great signal was getting even stronger. First QSO done but wasn`t sure if went 100% .30 minutes later much stronger signal and few callers and EI9KC , EI9KC 5NN on 80M sorted!

Here is how beautiful , clear their signal was on 80M yesterday. RX on beverage. Also what I must say was.... discipline! I was able to hear them on 3524 for about 3h and station wasn`t spotted on DX Cluster! Some great DXers were calling him and went into their log. This is difficult path for EI on low bands so more than happy to have Willis on 80.

2) 9G5XA Ghana

9G5XA Ghana

Ghana is very rare DXCC from Africa in my log and 9G5XA Alan (G3XAQ) is now active from this country. The thing is ... to log him on the bands you have to be QUICK. For same reasons when Alan is spotted very goes QRT soon. I was chasing him on the bands and happy to have 15M in the log as new DXCC on this bands and 20M and 17M when QSL from Ghana is still needed. I had QSO with Alan from Ghana in 2011 on 28Mhz confirmed via LoTW so fingers crossed that this time his QSL Manager G3SWH will use LoTW again.

3) S79C new IOTA from Africa AF-119

Coetivy Island AF-119 was announced as a NEW IOTA in July 2014, during the 50th Anniversary IOTA Convention in Windsor, England. (info from their website) and one of the Best DXers in EI , Dave EI9FBB is leading DXpedition S79C to activate this IOTA for the first time.
Had pleasure to make few QSOs with them, top DXers on the AF-119

S79C -EA3NT - 21Mhz SSB

S79C - SP5APW - 18Mhz SSB

And here is Dave EI9FBB on 28Mhz SSB

Thank you for this IOTA! It will be hard to hear this Island anytime soon.

BTW I have nice souvenir from Dave which is in use every day:

S79C AF-119 souvenir

4) JAPAN on TOP BAND !!!!

Yes , I did it , finally :) K index 0. Bands clear and very "sharp"
JA SR at 21:33 our time

SWL few JAs on 80M, decied to give a try on TB. 160M is a tricky one and good experience is need to get 100 DXCC in the log. Good RX antennas is a must. 
Started calling CQ on JA portion of the band and after few CQ DX I was spotted on DX Cluster by RW3XW. Thank you Igor for that , appreciate very much because just after his spot lovely JA signal came back after my DX PSE K

JA7NI - Kunikazu from Akita in Japan gave me a call. Lovely 559 confirmed and logged my first Japan on Top Band.
I was able to log two more stations from Japan that night:

JA4LKB Shigeru
JH4AAG Yuichi

It was great day at EI0PL , great warming up to chase some MULTS during CQWW CW next weekend!

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