Sunday, January 26, 2014

FT5ZM Amsterdam Island is QRV... and the madness starts!

After a bit of a HF hiatus, I am back in action hunting DX. The first "biggie" of 2014 is here. FT5ZM Amsterdam Island went QRV this morning, and as you can imagine, there's chaos on the bands! This is a video recording made in my shack of some of the action on 10 metres SSB. They're a good signal here, but so is all of Europe!! And worse for EI is the fact that in relation to FT5Z, we are "at the back" of Europe, so to speak. It could hardly be worse for us . . . except, of course, if we were in Iceland! Listening on 10 SSB and 12 CW it became apparent that no G or EI stations were getting through, although some Scandinavians were being picked up. The best we can hope for is that the pile-ups die down over the coming days and that small stations like this can start to break through. The 12 metre CW split is quite compact, and the signals there are huge. I don't particularly want to spend my whole Sunday in front of a radio . . . but sure you know I probably will !!!

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