Every now and then an envelope from the bureau contains a pearl – an unexpected card from a rare entity for a contact that I hadn’t gotten around to QSLing yet. An LoTW confirmation usually is enough to prevent me from sending a paper QSL.
Such was the case with VK9XM for a contact I’ll remember for a very long time. I had just finished installation of my first-ever tower and Yagi and was tuning around on 12 meters one evening. Very few signals were on the band but I wanted to check the ability of the Yagi on 12m and was looking for someone – anyone – to have a QSO with.
I heard a very faint CQ from what I initially thought was an Australian station. A few W6′s answered him but he called CQ again. This time I copied his call correctly and the Yagi proved its worth.
Take a look at the card – the fish is made from wrenches, a pulley and other tools: