Well I only had a little luck with VP8ORK. I worked them on 30 meters and 160 meters. I’m real happy with the 160 QSO with my 29 foot vertical but I really wanted to work them on 80 meters. A couple of nights they were almost strong enough but not quite. 160 ended up being pretty easy however. I’ve still been working away at 80 meters. I did get WH0DX for a new one and I am hoping I made it into the log for HS0ZEE but he was weak and there was bad QSB so I am not sure. I am hoping I can pick up S9DX and T30OU or T30YA on 80 meters before they all move on. Hopefully I can pick up something new in the contest next weekend. I just realized I don’t have Argentina on 80 and that shouldn’t be too difficult.
Trying to work VP8ORK but just can’t hear him good enough. Friends with much better antennas nearby have barely been able to work them so I don’t feel too bad. I have made lots of QSOs for the 160 meter CW contest, however. Just US, Canada and Mexico, though. I have better luck on 160 outside the contest, managed to pick up Taiwan and Cambodia plus a couple of Asiatic Russia stations. Just hope propagation improves before VP8ORK packs up in February.
I did a little better on DX this last week or so. Even with propagation pretty poor I picked up some new interesting ones. I worked V5/DJ2HD in Namibia on phone to go along with my 80 meter CW QSO with V5/DK1CE. Then I worked DU1/GM3POI on 80 meters CW for a new country on 80m. Right now I am listening for VQ9LA on Chagos Island on 80 meters but don’t hear a thing. It’s a little early, though, not quite gray-line yet. Hopefully I will hear him or he will be back on when I get up in the morning.
Well, I didn’t get any new countries on 80 meters during the RTTY Round Up. I had hoped I would get at least one. I did make a lot of contacts, however, even though I just worked on one band. Last night I managed to get CE1/K7CA on 80 meters for a new country, bad QRM and QSB too. This morning I did pretty good getting BU2AQ on 160 meters. And thats on my 29 foot base loaded vertical!
Just worked V5/DK1CE in Namibia on 80 meters CW (o4:57 utc). That is really good considering he is in sunlight over there. One more new country for my 80 meter DXCC. I haven’t had a lot of luck this winter getting new ones on 80m. I missed him last night but a solid QSO tonight!