Something good is going on!!!

The view at CT9/OM3RM..
I was sitting at the operating desk this evening setting up N1MM logger for the ARRL CW contest starting Friday. I was sitting with the K3 on 40m and clicking on spots on the N1MM band map, wanting to see if the radio followed and all was working well. There was a spot CT9/OM3RM and I clicked on the spot and the rig did do as it was told  and go to the spot. I could hear Madeira island calling CQ so I gave it a go and low and behold he came back to me!! Now for some this is no big deal BUT for reasons unknown my attic
C6APG setup
dipole just does not like 40m at all. It's to the point were U.S station struggle to hear me. I then saw C6APG in the Bahamas again on 40m gave him a call and he too came back to me. I am in total shock with how 40m is co-operating this evening. I hope this holds up for the contest this weekend it sure will help out the score for sure. Maybe I will spin the K3 antenna tuner and give 80m a go as well! Oh and just for the record both these contacts were done with 5 watts QRP and the faithful attic dipole.

Mike Weir, VE3WDM, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from Ontario, Canada. Contact him at [email protected].

2 Responses to “Something good is going on!!!”

  • WX4CB:

    shame we had someone coming up and wiping out the 40m jt65 QRG. i lost my 2nd JA :(

  • Mike VE3wdm:

    Good afternoon Charles, if I am not mistaken the JT folks are in around 7.040?? I for one if I hear other modes on the band I will move on as it’s hard to keep track of all the modes and the allocations. Unfortunately other countries have other allocations for certain modes, as well they may not hear you….but having said that there are those who just don’t give a hoot. I have had the same with RTTY and SSB and on 40m sometime short wave. Not good that it took away your JA Charles.
    Thanks for stopping by and posting your input.
    Mike

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