…for my 10-80m capabilities at least – thanks to the ops at the Far End.
3D2C’s DXpedition competed for my weekend time with the tower/antenna project, both of which had positive outcomes. In fact, I’d been so absorbed into the project that I was only vaguely aware that a DXpedtion to a needed entity was about to take place someday soon. Waking up early to assemble the Yagi, and having coffee in front of the K3, a large pile-up on 40 meters told me the DXpedition was now.
Five minutes of calling got them logged on 40m at 100 watts and allowed time for the amp to warm up as the DX cluster showed them also active on 80 meters. They were significantly weaker on 80 but it took only two calls to get them logged.
The next day, got em on 12 and 15 meters between antenna assembly. These four contacts were all with the dipole.
Three days later with the new antenna up, 3D2C went into the log on 10, 17 and 20 meters with 100 watts into new aluminum.
And, most difficult of all – 30 meters (dipole/100 watts) this morning. The difficulty was in finding where they were listening. They were working about equal parts NA and JA stations and I couldn’t hear the JA’s. The split range was 15 kHz – a big window in which to listen for replies – half of whom I’m unable to copy - to determine 3D2C’s listening freq. I finally threw in the towel as far as strategy goes and just put my transmit VFO in the middle of the thickest horde of NA callers. In other words, a complete lack of the strategy I so often advise. Wouldn’t you know it – got em on the second call.
The 3D2C online log is here.
Next up – Chad TT8TT. See you in the pile-ups.