Tonight I put my new antenna tower to the test and started a CQ on 14.247 around 16.00 GMT and got a big pile up in return. Worked over 50 stations, including Jean FR5CB from Reunion Island, adding another new DXCC country to my list! I also had some very nice QSO’s with stations from Bahrain, South Africa, European Russia, Qatar, Hungary, Italy, Spain, Finland, Romania, Greece, Cyprus, Poland, Austria and Israel. Most of them gave me a 9+ report and many compliments about my audio. After a one hour break I tuned across 20 meters and worked several nice DX stations including YB1KI from Indonesia. Then I joined the 247 DX net. Tonight the net was managed by YL Lorraine AA0BS and Joe KB3NXT and worked some American stations. A 5/9 from Tony VK2RI in Australia (16.738 kilometers) ended the DX evening. Thanks, new tower, and thanks to the several stations adding me to the cluster(s).
A nice QSO with Radio Club Station Of Tunisian Scouts 3V8SS on 20 meters has put another new country on my list.
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.