I’d given up being able to hear the Spratly Island DXpedition, let alone working them, and was consoling myself with the fact that another DXpedition there would take place in 10 years or so.
Seeing them spotted on 18.071, I figured, ‘what the heck – let me set myself up for disappointment again’ as I tuned to their freq. Barely above the noise level they were – but definitely copiable.
On went the amp as I mentally rotated the fixed dipole to the far reaches of the South China Sea. As the Moody Blues said, “Thinking is the best way to travel…”
Or to rotate non-rotatable dipoles in an effort to will the RF to the northwest.
9M0L was working stations up 2 – got him on the second call, thanks to a well-behaved pile-up and a good op at Spratly. That 3-500Z is earning its keep as well.
All this, just as their signal faded into nothingness. Sometimes Murphy’s Law works in reverse.