BG2UE on 30M
I worked BG2AUE on 30M where we were both in daylight. 30M is a strange band – most of the year I think it behaves like 40M, but today – as we get closer to the Winter Solstice – it behaved a lot more like 20M. All of this with zero sunspots, at the bottom of the cycle, and me with 5 watts QRP. He has very good ears – I could not believe when he came back to me on my first call. Big fun – that.
10 minutes later I cracked a big JA pileup calling PJ2ND – a contest station on 20M
This one is to be expected – QRP into the Caribbean – especially during contest “season” and with contest super stations is easy on any band and pretty much any time of day or during any point in the sunspot cycle. HOWEVER – with 5 watts I did have to compete with lots of JA’s calling, so because it was QRP – it was a fun challenge.
Pretty good DX now that we are near the Winter Stolstice. The bands have also been quiet – signals just popping out from little noise. That’s been great today.