10 meters propagation was exceptional this morning (despite solar/terrestrial data predictions being “poor”) so I put my 7600 to the test, punching through a couple of pile-ups with relative ease. I used my converted HyGain P-500 vertical (1980 new old stock, € 50 on a ham fair) the entire morning and worked with Changchun PG9HKP from China, Perenley JT1PB from Mongolia as well as Fuji JA8DCR from Japan, the latter responding to my own CQ DX call. I heard several European stations echoing over both short and long path , thanks Ionosphere.
The pretty good evening conditions on 20 meters today put another new country on my list. Received a nice 5/9 over the 9.260km long path from Greg HS0ZLE in Bangkok, Thailand. Wonderful.
After a pretty exhaustive but succesful PACC contesting weekend at my club, I gave my new IC-7600 a try on 20 and 10m. I got lots of nice reports and compliments about my audio and managed to contact 3B9FR on 10 meters adding Rodriguez Island (near Madagascar) to my DXCC list.
Got myself a brand new Icom IC-7600 today. Including SP-23 speaker and SM-50 Desk Mic. Although I am really sort of a Kenwood Guy, I could not find a suitable upgrade to my shack in their catalogue. There is a large gap between very good but compact TS-590 and the outrageously big / heavy / expensive TS-990 . So I went for this nice transceiver from Icom. I dedicate this new radio to the loving memory of my dad whom has passed away last week. My faithful old TS-870S will not be sold, however, and will get a new home at the club station where we can keep enjoying this wonderful transceiver, starting with the upcoming PACC contest next weekend..
QSO with Boris EK3GM on 20m this morning added another DXCC to my list.