On day #26 I decided to have another bash on 144MHz to see if it was as successful as when I’d called a week earlier. It took a few attempts and some beam tweaking but I had a nice chat with David, 2E0YUB up in Lincolnshire.
Day #27 was ‘cool’. I spoke to SI9AM on 80m in Sweden followed rapidly by Hans-Peter operating a special event station, HB60LU in Switzerland to celebrate 60 years of USKA’s Club of Lucerne. More details can be seen on their qrz.com page. What was so cool about this day? Well SI9AM’s name is Fonz. Aaaay!
I had four QSOs on day #28 on three different bands to four countries. I started off on 80m working S51CK, Ivo in Slovenia, then I switched back to 2m and called CQ for a while, finally managing to have a very brief QSO with Richard, GD8EXI in the Isle of Man. I’ve spoken to Richard quite a few times in various contests so it was nice to work him outside of the contest environment even though it was a real struggle and I lost him in the noise quickly. After that I worked EC1KR, Jesus in Spain on 40m and then I heard Lou, IK6CWQ calling for ‘DX’ on the same band. I turned the power down to 10w and called him, asking if he’d mind working a QRP station, he got most of my callsign except the prefix and once I clarified that he said “You’re not DX but you’re five and seven”. I explained that I was running QRP but I’m not really sure he got it, however he’s now in my log as a contact for the day.
I can understand why some big stations who only have limited time to operate would limit themselves to working only DX but it must be really disheartening for newly licenced UK amateurs, having just passed the Foundation exam who can only run low power to tune around the bands and hearing people call “CQ outside Europe only”. I appreciate that QRP can work well but it’s not easy. Some nights though, I tune around the bands and I hear the same stations calling and working “DX only” for hours at a time. I think these people should remember when they had a small station not easily capable of working outside their own continent and be a little more tolerant.