Monday, January 3, 2011
Some super DX on 80m - Japan, Chagos Island and East Malaysia
I had a brilliant night down in Clogherhead last night (Sunday) at the excellent station of EI2JD where I had the pleasure of working 80 metres and top band (160m) CW on his nest of inverted Vs.
While the bands were not busy, there was some good DX to be had. I put out a CQ on 80 metres and at one stage had a bit of a pile-up going so I split QSX up 2. Out of the pile I heard 9M. Thinking this was only the middle part of a callsign, I called 9M? and he came back with 9M6YBG, which is a station in East Malaysia and a big deal for me because it's a new country for me on that band.
I had a bit of a QSO with him. His name is Go and he is over 11,500km away from Ireland. A nice contact indeed. Other highlights of the night included JA6LCJ in Japan which was another new country for me on 80 metres and also VQ9LA, Larry on Chagos Island, again a new country. Chagos is in the Indian Ocean. He went QRT after working me because there was no activity on the band. The fourth new country of the night on 80 was KP4, Puerto Rico.
I had some activity on 160 metres, but the pickings were slim. I did work a couple of North American QSOs on top band, including K8FC and W0FLS, who I can be seen working in the above video. The night's activities were broadcast live both here on the blog page (see bottom of page) and also on my QRZ.com page.