Although band conditions on 20 meters were supposed to be “fair”, I made a lot of nice DX contacts from the club station PI4ZHE last night. I dug my way through some big pileups (with ease, see previous post) and made contacts with stations in Iraq, Namibia, Bahrain, Ceuta, Jordan, South Africa, Argentina, Algeria, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Puerto Rico, Suriname, England, Russia and the USA. At 20.00 UTC I joined my friends at the infamous 247 DX Net with lots of familiar voices like net leader Jose KP4BME from Puerto Rico, Jack W2AF from New Jersey and the ever present “big voice” Joe KB3NXT from Florida. Ramon PZ1EL was there too for a third week in a Row. 5/9 plusses from all over the place including my 13.000km maximum QRB of the day with Walter LU1XP from Buenos Aires. Just great fun!
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).