4S7AB on the Short Path. Great DX for no sunspots!
This is classic 40M / at the bottom of the cycle DX. Imagine working Sri Lanka with no sunspots – its magic I tell ya! Kamal was spotted – and I had just wired up the new HST III switch box that I finished last night – and with one call, boom – I made my first “serious” 40M CW DX QSO with the UrbanBeam up 50′ and with 100 watts. The antenna was pointed NE – SW because I have been listening to DF2BO, F5IN and a few others in an around EU on 40M at my sunset, and it just happens to also be the right direction for Sri Lanka.
The best part of this is with 100 watts I got a 559 – but with my KWS-1 and 700 watts I would do just fine – and now I am envisioning working Bouvet and Glorioso with the Gold Dust Twins, the Begali HST III and the UrbanBeam up 50′.
Bring it on!