T32C, the Dxpedition to Christmas Island, has been a challenge but nevertheless I have them on six band slots and lots of EIs have made it into their log.
When I saw them spotted on 10 metres CW the other evening I couldn't resist a listen. It was grey line time here, just after sunset. They were there alright, fluttery and weak, but there all the same. They were working split. Within a minute of calling I could hear a very flutter EI2KC or something resembling it coming back through the murk. So I gave my call a couple of times and a 599 and heard 599 TU. I punched the air. A new and rare DXCC in the log on 10 metres.
But something was niggling at me. I hadn't heard my full call coming back. I heard EI and something that sounded like 2KC. So I decided to try to work them again just to be sure. About 20 minutes later I heard EI2 coming back again and gave them my call twice and a 599 and punched the air again.
The next morning I checked their online log only to find they had busted my call - TWICE!! I was not in the log for 10m, but rather there were two similar calls, EI3KC and EI2KM. I was gutted.
Just now, a short time ago, with the sun below the horizon here, I worked T32C for the third time on 10 metres CW. As usual he was split, listening up 2. Now I can't be 100% sure that I'm in the log properly this time, except that I know they asked for "EI2?" and when they gave my call and report it ended with "C" so I am keeping the fingers crossed.
Hopefully this is a case of third time lucky and not Murphy's law . . .
Eh didn't Murphy came from Ireland? Hope you're in the log this time. I didn't hear T32C yet on any band. But that's just because I'm not behind the radio ;-) 73, BasReplyDelete
Good to hear Anthony and like Bas I have been trying to hear T32C here and it has been faint. I am going to give it a good go this weekend and see what happens.ReplyDelete
Gents, towards the end of a Dxpedition's activity is the best time to work them especially if you have a small setup. Fingers crossed you will get T32C in the log soon. Lots of EIs worked them on 10m CW this evening. Seems to have been a good evening for the propagation . . .ReplyDelete