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Variable HF conditions produce surprises


The topic still is apt, as this week I achieved a long term goal of an s2s into North America, with a contact from VK3/VC-007 to K7ATN/p at W7O/NC-084.

And it was on 17m, at about 2130 UTC.

After that contact I was called by another two chasers from NA which was a rare treat. Thanks to K0RS and NW7E for making the activation so memorable.

My rig was the usual IC703 (10w) and my antenna was a ZS6BKW doublet fed with 300 ohm tv ribbon into the 703’s ATU.


Well done Andrew on getting the US Stations in the log, and S2S. Excellent.

Using VI6PAX at the weekend I managed to work 5 European Chasers, 3 ZL and a JA, plus a host of VK stations One ZL station was SSB the rest of the DX were all CW. I was using FT-857 about 30-45 watts and a linked dipole. The DX was worked on 20 metres and LP Europe. I think conditions were actually pretty poor but still if you hang in there, there are some nice contacts to be had.


John VK6NU