A New One!

Scored a new country on digital last evening … South Africa. Ten watts to a vertical on JT-9 mode. He copied me at -15 DBm on 20 meters, and he was much stronger. I’ve seen him on several times before, but had no luck connecting with him. Now just waiting for a LOTW confirmation.

First ZS on JT-9/20 meters
First ZS on JT-9/20 meters

The bands were not especially hot last night … as a matter of fact, there was not much happening other than stateside and European stations. But there he was … and relatively strong, too. That’s what’s so exciting about ham radio. “The thrill of the hunt,” if you like.

I’ve tried listening in the early morning to see what might be happening, but no luck so far. For instance, this morning at 4am I tuned the bands and heard ZILCH! Not so much as a stray CW signal that was readable. I’ll keep on trying, though. One of these days …

73 de Dick N4BC

 

2 thoughts on “A New One!”

  1. Dick,

    We msfr a JT9 contact on 10/4. I enjoyed your QRZ page and your blog. I’m also an FT450 and wire antenna user.

    Take care and good luck making more DX.

    1. Thanks for the comment, Tom. Glad we were able to hook up. I like the challenge of low power and wire in the sky. I’ve had the FT450D for several years now, and it hasn’t disappointed me yet. I read comments about how it’s crap in the forums, but it’s served me well without a hiccup.

      73 and look for me on CW, too.

      Dick N4BC

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