Looking at the Space WX, I fancied trying to work a bit of DX from Shining Tor, this morning. Hearing the alarm clock go off at 0430 local time, is not the best sound in the world.
I was QRV on 20m at 0558z and was not happy with the Antron-99's SWR. So, I spotted myself as QRX, while I changed both the feeder and patch lead to the tuner. There was a marked improvement, but not as good as normal. Seems like another problem to sort out
The first half hour was slow with about 9 calls George SV2NCH and Christos SV2OXS both making the trip.
My first VK was Bill VK4ZD and then the band livened up. Great to hear Ernie VK3DET who was followed straight in by 2 more VK's, Rick VK4RF and again under his old callsign of VK4HA, then Rhet VK3WE, who I hadn't worked for quite some time.
A few more EU contacts were logged and then Matt VK1MA made the trip, he was the only VK1 I would work all morning.The very next call was David VK3BY and then Ken VK3UH. A call from Lazaros SV2FLM, was followed in by Jonathan signing VK6JON/P7 from his car in Tasmania with an easy copy. Jonathans friend, Steve VK7CW was the very next call, also with a fine signal. Steve was followed by two more VK's Phil VK6ADF activating VK/FF1446 and SOTA regular Ron VK3AFW,,,Thanks for the call, Ron.
The VK calls started to dry up, and more EU call were logged including a couple of s2s contacts. The Final two VK's of the activation were, John VK2YW and finally, Ian VK5CZ. That about wrapped up the morning.
Nice to finally find the 20m band in good shape, although, how long it will last is anyones guess
52 contacts for the activation, 14 VK
Big thanks to all the chasers, for a fine mornings radio.