Monday, July 26, 2010

My one and only contact in the IOTA contest was a new one!!

For a variety of reasons I was unable to dedicate myself to the IOTA contest at the weekend. I did, however, get a chance to listen in on proceedings at around midnight on Saturday. The bands were not packed with contest activity as I might have expected but there was more activity than usual nonetheless.

While working on a video editing project I was listening to VK7ZE on 14.220. He was faint enough in QSB, coming up and down from 4/1 to 5/3. I listened for about half an hour as he worked the contest and he seemed to be getting into Europe quite well from Tasmania.

Then he seemed to hit a quiet patch. He called QRZ IOTA contest a couple of times and nobody went back to him. So I decided to key up and call him and what do you know, he comes straight back with my callsign, my serial number and his IOTA number. I have him 59 001 EU-115. And that was it - my first Tasmania!!


  1. Hi Anthony, that is a nice catch. I remember weekly contacts with a Dutch guy in Tasmania long time ago in another era on 11 Mtrs. This certainly brings back those memories. 73, Bas

  2. Nice contact Anthony, it's often worth just listening and waiting for the right moment.

    73 Paul.


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