Two new states.

Birthday parties for 8 year old daughters are fun, but soooooo tiring. My plan was to get up early on Sunday morning and take full advantage of the daylight path to north America for the ARRL DX Contest. But Saturday was the day of the long awaited party and we outdid ourselves entertaining all the little guests, until we drove them home in the evening. So when I opened my eyes on Sunday it was already 10 local time and when I crept behind the set already after 11. Most of NA in the dark, so I didn’t expect much from 15 and 10 meters.

But boy, was I wrong! The 15 meter band was wide open and I logged two new states: Louisiana and Iowa. Georgia also yielded two new stations, despite it being after dusk there for a while already. Strangely though, the 10 meter band didn’t show any sign from NA, but 20 meters did and in the middle of the day I was able to log two stations from the west coast with excellent signals. And the last thing that really surprised me was the discipline in this contest. I didn’t encounter any rude behaviour and stations didn’t spill over into other portions of the bands. Kudos to all the operators who took part. It sure was fun!

Hans "Fong" van den Boogert, BX2ABT, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from Taiwan. Contact him at [email protected].

One Response to “Two new states.”

  • Mike VE3WDM:

    Yes Hans the contest was great and on this side of the pond 15m was great and open for a long time with lots of action. I was only able to get on for some time on Saturday and some time on Sunday afternoon. Even though I was really only on for a short time it was nice to see the bands open and all the CW op’s.
    Mike

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