Another trip up to Gun G/SP-031 Thursday Evening 01/07. Once again, I got my timing wrong for this activation, I ran into a big North American contest with huge pile-ups and dreadful QRM on the 20m band. This had the knock on effect of many of the usual North American chasers not chasing EU DX.
I was QRV on 20m ssb at 20:15utc and was immediately pounced on by about a million black flies. As luck would have it, I was carrying some very powerful repellent, which for the most part, held them at bay until it got dark.
As is customary, Ed DD5LP was first in my log, we had a quick natter about band conditions and then he went off to put some spots up for me. My very good friend Martin K2TRD who runs a big station, picked up Ed’s spot and called in for a chat, he was a rock crushing signal.
Martin was followed by Ayman HZ1LR/M and then Steve N3** in PA. At this point the DX contacts dried up. There was a run of EU contacts including EA8 in the Canary Islands, great to get Victor GI4ONL in the log for the first time in ages.
At around 22:10utc, the band livened up again, with a run of calls from Canada, including the provinces of VE2, 3, 6, 7 and 9, Argentina, Australia, USA, El Salvador, Belize and another Saudi Arabia station. I actually grabbed some video of the El Salvador QSO, which I’ll stick up on my Facebook group later.
There were 61 contacts for the activation all 20m ssb with 6 continents logged. Just 30 contacts into North America, 25 of which were USA the best of them Oregon and 5 contacts into Canada.
Once again, many thanks to Ernie VK3DET for interrupting his travel plans to work me, after seeing my spot on the DX cluster. This guy is a credit to ham radio. We made our first contact about 22:30utc. Many thanks also, to Steve VK2STG for trying. When I first heard your call, I thought you were a very weak North American station, as I was only picking up the Kilo in your callsign. Then the penny dropped. Better luck next time.