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Old 02-28-2009, 12:30 PM
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Default 20 meters was going nuts today.....


Started off this morning with strong north / south propagation with stations from Florida to Mississippi coming in 10 over S-9.
Had to leave the shack for a couple hours, then came back and checked into the OMISS net on 14.290.0 Mhz, by the time my turn came up I could barely hear net control from all the QRM on 14.292.0 & 14.288.5 Mhz all coming in from the Caribbean and South America.....

If I spoke Spanish I could of had a lot of DX contacts......

The band definitely opened up some today, that's at least a step in the right direction.
Anyone make any good 20m contacts today.....???
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I heard one VK3 at 20 over crazy.
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I ended up with a good solid contact with EA2VE Antonio in Northern Spain on 14.245.0 Mhz, then hit W5XX who was operating 20m for the Mississippi QSO party on 14.275.1 Mhz, then about a half hour later I got N5UCF (also with the Mississippi QSO party) on 7.225.0 Mhz (40m)....

By the time I made the 20 meter contact with the Miss, QSO Party, the band had faded to the point where I wasn't getting killed by Spanish speaking stations, but they were starting to fade as well. The 40 meter contact was solid as a rock and easy to make.

If I didn't have to spend most of the morning fixing a buddy's gas heater, then part of the early afternoon fixing my daughter's car, I probably would have racked up a few more contacts.
I also heard 10 meters opened up for a while today, but I never ventured up there.....
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Default 20 meter DX window this morning....

I love it when I'm in the right place at the right time.....

Started off this morning looking for the OMISS net that's supposed to be on 7.185.0, but I couldn't hear a thing. I can only assume there was no net operator for this morning because I was getting plenty of other stations all over the country booming in on other 40 meter frequencies.

Then I switched over to the 20 meter band, and started spinning the dial, passed over a few of the usual morning round table rag chew sessions, hear the U.S.C.G. Amateur Radio Club taking check-in's on 14.325.0, one or two west coast mariners on 14.300.0, then I just happened to catch an "ON4" station calling out "CQDX" on 14.313.0, I called back and made contact with a fellow named Gerard in Belgium, he gave me a 5X9, I gave him a 5X5 report, exchanged names and locations, and he was off to gather more contacts. Turns out he's in some sort of contest over there. Once we 73'ed with each other the pile-up began, I hear 20 stations at once all calling for "ON4AXU".....I just happened to be there for his first CQ call, and jumped in before the rest of the country heard Belgium on the line......

Gotta go to the post office later this morning, so I'll drop a QSL card in the mail for him......
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Default add another 20 meter DX contact to the list.....

Had to leave the shack for a while to go pick my daughter up from school early....(she's sick)......

Got home, hit the shack, and lucked into another 20 meter DX contact with LY2ZZ in Lithuania.....

Looks like things are opening up a little today.....
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Hey I got LY2ZZ also today one 20m. Congrats on the contact!
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talked to UR5UC from the Ukraine this morning on 20m. It's alive again!
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