Ascension Island

The temperature has taken a cold turn here in the valley today which meant that I would “tune around” again on the 10 meter band once more. It’s much too cold to be outside.

This contact with ZD8X on Ascension Island marks my second new DX country in just a few days.

Ascension Island is literally”in the middle of nowhere” between South America and Africa in the Atlantic Ocean. It’s primarily a communications hub for several countries and was a relay station for the BBC in it’s heyday. St Helena is in this general area and the place Napoleon spent his last days in exile.

It took me several attempts to work this station at 5,362 miles. There was quite a “pile up” and I was surprised to hear my call sign repeated back to me with the customary 599 report.

John Smithson, Jr., N8ZYA, is a regular contributor to and writes from West Virginia, USA. Contact him at [email protected].

2 Responses to “Ascension Island”

  • Dave K4CTV:

    If you consider “in the general area” to be a distance of 1,500 to 1,800 miles away, then I suppose that’s one man’s definition of “in the general area”. 73’s, Dave, K4CTV

  • Jorma ZD8X:

    Tks to everybody supporting my try-out on 28 MHz. Not all were logged, I had some troubles like pc keyboard refused to serve for some time etc.
    Problems solved, happy end so far,
    73 de zd8x Jorma

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