EW7LO on 40M SP

Besides working anything in or around the African continent – I do like the polar path to EU. I find the “polar flutter” very soothing for some reason. Come to think about it – its funny how us hams experience such sensations that the rest of the non ham world will never experience. I know many people who like science fiction and whatnot –…

Solar Cycle 24: The “Big Thud” . . .

I had anticipated that as soon as 3Y0Z would have been over, we would be where we are now. I fully expect two years of being at the bottom – but I was happy to hear 3B7A on 20M CW and SSB last weekend. That at least shows that good DX can be worked at the bottom of the Cycle. Here is what I…

DX Bingo!

I’m going to pick up where I left off with the DXCC Challenge, except I’m calling it “DX Bingo”. Here are my rules: I will only jump in pileups where I need the DXCC Entity on a band. No band-mode DX Hoggery I will use LOTW as my bingo sheet, but will NOT participate in DXCC Challenge (since its pointless from the West Coast)…

160M DXCC: #96 – JT5DX

The tower at WLW OK, now I have only 4 left to go. This CQ 160M contest has netted 2 new ones, and the band is really superb these days. It absolutely has improved after a really lack luster and noisy Autumn. I can tell that the “switch” has flipped and that we are truly on the way to the bottom of the cycle….

The Magic of Top Band DX

You just never know when you’ll work the next one on 160M. Mega DX-peditions sometimes do a pretty good job, but you can’t count on working the mega’s like you can on higher bands. Marcus Island Mermaid My (next to last) 160M new one was JD1/M – Minami Torishima, an old USCG and Japanese Loran station island. Surprisingly, Minami Torishima is number 20 in…

Solar Cycle 24, 3Y0Z, and the Downward Trend

Wow – it seems like we are closer to the bottom of the cycle than I would have expected. Look at the wild swings we have had in the last few months. Luckily, even with zero sunspots, 40M has been a beacon to ZS and V51 on the evening short path (only West Coast path for 3Y0Z) and the morning long path. Can you…

160M #92: JG8NQJ/JD1 – Minami Torishima

This one was so ESP, I can only hope I end up in his log. This is one of those where you always hear the CQ, part of his call and a fade happens in and around the return. You hear the right “cadence”, but its not the most solid QSO’s. But this is part of Top Band. He is there for a few…

O Top Band, Where Art Thou?

I worked 2 new ones in September and October and one new one in November, so 5 since the Autumn Equinox, bringing me up to 91. But now, there just doesn’t seem to be anything listed in the ADXO list that looks promising until 3Y0Z. XW4ZW is there now, but even while I could hear a JA, no XW4ZW. I have worked a few…

Glorioso in 2020?

I don’t know if there are more than one French team that could possibly activate Glorioso, but if the team that is activating St. Brandon – 3B7 – does try to activate Glorioso (right now its #12 on the list), then it would be activated at the earliest in 2020. I say this because its nearly impossible to activate an expensive place in any…

3Y0Z Prediction

The CQ WW CW Contest has had about the worst conditions that I have seen in years. One thing I have done now for many months is call ZS6CCY who has been on my night time short path – as the best propagation predictor. Last night was the worst 40M conditions I have seen – but Bill was 59 and I was 55 and…