Sneaking a QSO with T32C
The T32C Dxpedition to Chrismas Island (T3) has been going for a little while now. What with one thing and another, as well as poor conditions, I haven’t really listened very much. Having said that, I’ve been in regular e-mail contact with some of the team which has been good fun. They are doing a great job and are amassing a huge QSO total; over 170,000 QSOs at the time of writing. Neville, G3NUG will be delighted!
I popped up to the shack briefly last night around 20:30z – mostly to have a look at VHF/UHF as conditions had seemed reasonable on the way home. Just out of curiosity, I had a look at the most recent T32C cluster spots. There were a few on 24MHz from Europe from a bit earlier, so I quickly tuned the FT1000MP to have a look. To my great surprise I could just hear them.
After a couple of minutes, the signals came up a little and I could hear that they were listening up 1. Nothing ventured, nothing gained! Dropped my call in a couple of times and was completely surprised when they came back with my call!
What a great surprise. This morning, I’m pleased to see my callsign in the online log.
I may look a little earlier, if I have the chance, on 28MHz. That’s a handy opening over Central and South America in the evenings. Over the years, I’ve worked ZL7, ZL9 and now T32 on 24 or 28MHz around that time.